Timothy Wallace charged with capital murder in a blaze that killed owner David Lind in southwest Houston, filing says

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Houston police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for the murder of his landlord and the burning down of his home.

Timothy Wallace is charged with capital murder.

Wallace is accused of beating and then stabbing his landlord 13 times in the back before setting fire to the Willowbend house they lived in.

This owner, David Lind, 65, was a father and grandfather.

“Always there for you if you needed him. He was a great dad. He was a great person,” Lind’s daughter, Joy Cauthen, told ABC13.

The Houston Fire Department was called to the 4800 block of Kinglet Street in southwest Houston on March 1.

Lind’s family said he grew up in the house and inherited it from his parents.

Lind’s nephew told ABC13 he rented two of the rooms and Wallace was one of the tenants.

Court records indicate Lind’s girlfriend and nephew reported to police that Wallace was behind on rent.

The second roommate said he heard an argument between the victim and the suspect the day before the fire.

This second housemate also told police that Wallace woke him up in front of the fire and “was dressed and looked freshly showered.”

Investigators said the fire started in Wallace’s bedroom, where they discovered “two knives found in the remains of the burnt mattress.”

A portable propane tank was also found near the mattress, investigators said.

With the man accused of killing her father and destroying his family home behind bars, Lind’s daughter said: “I have confidence that our justice system will convict and get justice for our family.”

Wallace is being held without bond at the Harris County Jail, pending the outcome of a mental health evaluation.

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