Jasper police: Man found covered in blood at scene of homicide, charges pending

Jasper police: Man found covered in blood at scene of homicide, charges pending
Pictured is the Jasper motel where a 61-year-old woman was found stabbed to death. (Source: KJAS.com)

JASPER, Texas (KTRE) - Charges are pending against a 53-year-old man who was found covered in blood at the scene of a homicide that occurred at a Jasper motel on Wednesday.

According to a press release from the Jasper Police Department, the man’s name will not be released until he is formally charged and arraigned.

“On 9/11/19 the Jasper Police Department received a 911 call from a male individual advising the dispatcher that officers were needed at the Roadway Inn motel,” the press release stated. “The caller would not provide any information as to why he needed officers or his identity.”

When Jasper PD officers arrived at the Roadway Inn, they found the suspect standing in the breezeway on the west side of the motel. The man was covered in blood, the press release stated.

The man allegedly put his hands up, turned around for the JPD officers, and put his hands behind his back.

He told the responding officers that the blood wasn’t his, the press release stated. At that point, the suspect allegedly told the Jasper PD officers that the blood was from a woman who was sitting in the driver’s seat of a 2019 Chrysler 300 parked at the motel.

Officers found the woman, who was later identified as 61-year-old Judy McKinney Arnold, in the driver’s seat of the car. She had what appeared to be stab wounds in her upper body, the press release stated.

EMTs arrived at the scene a short time later and found that Arnold was unresponsive. Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Jimmy Miller pronounced Arnold dead at the scene.

“The victim and suspect had been in a dating relationship for approximately 21 years but when asked the suspect would not give any details of the incident or to the motive,” the press release stated.

Miller ordered an autopsy, and it will be performed by the Jefferson County Medical Examiners Office, the press release.

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