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12-14-2019, 05:32 AM

Man accused of stabbing 83-year-old woman to death, Irving police say
Detectives discovered the body of 83-year-old Betty Thomas Thursday night.
Updated: 8:36 PM CST December 13, 2019


IRVING, Texas — This story has been updated with a written statement from a Spectrum spokesperson.

A man is accused of stabbing an 83-year-old woman to death, police say.

Officers arrested 43-year-old Roy Holden Jr. around 3 p.m. Friday in Mesquite.

He faces a capital murder charge in the death of 83-year-old Betty Thomas.

Authorities discovered Thomas' body Thursday evening after responding to an unconscious person call at the 3000 block of East Cortez Court.

According to detectives, Thomas had multiple stab wounds and was dead when officers arrived.

Authorities say Holden works for a utility service provider and that's how he knew the victim.

A Spectrum spokesperson released the following written statement:

"This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with the victim and her family and friends. We are actively working with Irving police as they conduct their investigation."

As of Friday night, Holden is being held at the Irving Police Department.

Detectives say the motive for the murder is unclear at this time.

12-17-2019, 03:46 AM

Las Colinas Grandmother Murdered by Cable Man: Police
Victim's debit card and a surveillance video led police to a suspect who'd worked at her home, police say
Published at 6:22 pm on December 16, 2019

There are new details into the murder of an 83-year-old Las Colinas grandmother who was murdered in her own home, police say, by her cable man.

The suspect, Roy James Holden Jr., is in the Dallas County Jail on $500,000 bond facing a capital murder charge, which could carry the death penalty.

Betty Thomas’ family told NBC 5 she was ‘well loved’ and will be sorely missed.

One of Thomas’ neighbors in the 3000 block of East Cortez Court in Las Colinas called her ‘the perfect neighbor.’

When Thomas didn’t show up for a family Christmas party last Thursday evening, worry set in.


Her son-in-law went to her home only to make a gruesome discovery just before 6 p.m., according to police.

The 83-year-old was found on her living room floor with several stab wounds to the chest, according to an arrest affidavit.

Thomas’ wallet and identification were not found but blood was found in her purse.

Her killer, Irving police claim, is her cable man Roy James Holden Jr.

Police said the 43-year-old worked for Spectrum cable and had previously been to the victim’s home.

“This is going to be very tough on that family to have Christmas without Mrs. Thomas,” said officer Robert Reeves, spokesman for the Irving Police Department.

Police said store surveillance cameras led them to Holden.

They said he used her debit card hours after her murder and that the elderly woman’s own home surveillance Ring doorbell camera captured him walking into her home at about 4 p.m. wearing gloves and the same clothing he was later seen wearing at the store.