BEAUMONT - by Scott Lawrence - Beaumont Police and the U.S. Marshal's Service in Houston have arrested a suspect accused of the 2003 Christmas season murder of a 93-year-old man at his Beaumont home.
The killing of Ernest Jackson was the subject of a number of Beaumont Crime Stoppers reports, the most recent February 7.
Investigators say tips to Crime Stoppers, information from the public and the work of police led to the arrest of Duane Lee Washington, 36, at the Salvation Army in downtown Houston.
Washington was arraigned and transported to the Beaumont Police Department to speak with detectives. He'll be transported to the Jefferson County Jail and booked on a murder charge. Bond is $250,000.
Jackson was found murdered in his home on Lethia Street on Friday, December 26, 2003. A neighbor went by to check on Jackson and discovered he'd been shot. Jackson`s daughter said she had visited with her father at 3 p.m. Christmas day and he was doing well.
The suspect told KFDM reporter Ron Reynolds that he's innocent of the murder. Washington said he was related to the victim and he would have had no reason to kill him.
Raw video: Ron Reynolds questions murder suspect
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