Authorities arrest suspects in deadly Joaquin motel shooting

Bobby Grubbs. (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office.)
Bobby Grubbs. (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office.)
Deedra Grubbs. (Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.)
Deedra Grubbs. (Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.)

JOAQUIN, TX (KTRE) - Montgomery County authorities have arrested a Conroe man and woman accused of killing a woman and injuring two others in a Joaquin motel room Friday morning.

Sheriff Newton Johnson said authorities arrested Bobby Dewayne Grubbs, 42, and his wife, Deedra Michelle Grubbs, 39, after spotting the suspect vehicle around 2:30 p.m. Johnson said both will be charged with capital murder.

Johnson said appears a man, identified as Grubbs, stayed at the Country Inn in Joaquin overnight Thursday and Friday morning and shot three people who worked at the motel.

A woman, identified as Martha Soceredoi, 37, died at the scene and two others were injured, Johnson said. One is being treated at a Shreveport hospital and another at a Center hospital. All three employees were housekeepers.

In a Wednesday incident, authorities say a female accomplice, identified as 39-year-old Deedra Michelle Grubbs, knocked on the door of a home where she had previously been employed as a housekeeper and began chatting with the homeowner. Bobbie Grubbs then forced his way into the home and police say both suspects assaulted the homeowner, tied her up and burglarized the home.

Joaquin ISD Superintendent Phil Worsham had his school campus, which is less than a half-mile from the motel, on lockdown since shortly after 9 a.m. All students were in their classrooms and all the doors and gates are locked.

Johnson said the initial investigation did not indicate the wife was involved, but they later determined she was involved in the shootings.

Johnson said they stole one of the victim's cars and money from the lobby cash register. Because they were in the act of another felony during a murder, their charges are upgraded to capital murder, punishable by lethal injection or a life sentence in prison without parole.

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