Texas Man Accused Of Torturing Elderly Man With Push Pins Before Murdering Him

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Source: Houston Police Department; UNSPLASH

Aug. 17 2022, Published 8:56 a.m. ET

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A suspect in Texas allegedly used push pins to torture an elderly man who was found dead in an abandoned home in July, police said.

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Houston police identified Richard Plata, 23, as a suspect in the case and arrested him earlier this month. He now faces a murder charge in the death of 67-year-old Richard Davis.

According to court records, Plata tied up Davis and then tormented the victim by using push pins to repeatedly stab the bottoms of his feet, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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Police said Davis also suffered blunt force trauma and was stabbed with an unknown object.

Investigators did not say how the suspect knew the victim. They also did not release a possible motive in the alleged murder.

Plata is scheduled to appear in court at the end of the month.


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