Carpenter Charged in Fourth Prostitute Death
DALLAS (AP) _ A a 57-year-old carpenter already awaiting trial in the mutilation deaths of three prostitutes has been charged in a fourth slaying, authorities said.
Detectives said Monday that they charged Charles Albright last week in the 1988 stabbing death of Rhonda K. Bowie. Authorities say she was a prostitute in the Oak Cliff community in south Dallas.
Albright remained jailed today in lieu of $550,000 in bonds set by Criminal District Judge Mark Tolle on four murder counts and one attempted murder count, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney’s office said.
Ms. Bowie, 30, had been stabbed more than 20 times, investigators said.
They said the slaying was similar to the deaths of Mary Lou Pratt, Susan Peterson and Shirley Williams, who were killed between February and December 1990.
Albright was arrested in March after a fifth prostitute, Veronica Rodriguez, said he tried to kill her and she managed to escape from his car.
″Since his (Albright’s) arrest, we’ve said our investigation was continuing,″ Detective John Westphalen said.
″Another detective had this case and remembered some similarities (to the 1988 killing). When we asked the lab to run some tests, it confirmed that Albright was the suspect,″ he said.
Westphalen said forensic evidence links Albright to the latest case.
″Now, we’ve got a pattern going back over several years,″ he said. ″And there are other cases we’re looking at.″
But Brad Lollar, Albright’s attorney, said Ms. Bowie’s death differed from the other slayings in that her eyes were not cut out as the other victims’ had been.
″It’s clear they are trying to pin every unsolved prostitute killing they’ve got on him,″ Lollar said.