HPD Investigators Solve a 20 Year Old Capital Murder
May 5, 2005 -- Houston Police
Homicide Investigators have solved a capital murder that many
thought would long remain a mystery.
The victim, Ms. Elizabeth Gargano, 72, of 1215
Maxey Road, was stabbed to death on February 26, 1984 during an
apparent burglary of her home. At the time of Ms. Gargano's murder,
investigators worked feverously to determine who was responsible
for this horrendous crime, however, no viable suspects were found.
It wasn't until the summer of 2001 when the HPD Homicide Division
received a tip that a current Texas Department of Criminal Justice
inmate might have information on the case. Sergeant Paul C. Motard
and Officer C. "Abbey" Abbondanando went to work.
Investigators traveled to the prison and spoke
with an inmate who implicated two suspects in murder, Gregory
Helms, (w/m DOB: 8/9/62) and Kevin Lindsey, (w/m DOB: 7/15/62).
Armed with this information, investigators tracked down Helms
who still lived in the Houston Metropolitan area. After a lengthy
interview, Helms confessed to his role in the murder and implicated
Lindsey as his accomplice. Helms was subsequently charged with
murder in late 2004 and pled guilty. He is currently awaiting
Investigators tracked down suspect Kevin Lindsey
in Collinsville, Illinois. On April 18, 2005, Sergeant Motard
and Officer Abbondandolo traveled to Illinois to interview Mr.
Lindsey who gave a partial statement of his involvement in the
murder. He was subsequently arrested by the Collinsville, Illinois
Police Department on April 29, 2005 and charged with the murder.
Lindsey is currently awaiting extradition back to Texas.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.