The Dallas Morning News

Man held on capital murder charge in home invasion

- Tom Steele

A Terrell man has been charged with capital murder after a Fort Worth man died from injuries sustained during a home invasion robbery last month.

James Earnest Floyd Jr., 50, has been held at the Dallas County Jail since Wednesday on a charge of aggravated kidnapping and a parole violation.

According to a Fort Worth arrest warrant affidavit, police were notified of a robbery in the 10200 block of Cool Spring Drive around noon March 28.

Diane Porter, 69, said a man, later identified as Floyd, came into the home through the garage and started struggling with her husband, John Porter, 69.

After shooting Diane Porter in the abdomen, the man hit John Porter with the gun and a metal table stand, the affidavit says. He then shot John Porter in the head after demanding his wallet, the document said. The robber tied up Diane Porter and demanded the PIN for the couple’s debit card, the affidavit says.

Diane Porter called 911 after the man left in the couple’s Kia Sorento.

Floyd, whom Dallas police were already seeking on an aggravated kidnapping charge, was arrested outside his home in Terrell later that afternoon.

John Porter died from his injuries Thursday, and Fort Worth officials issued Floyd’s arrest warrant on a charge of capital murder on Monday.

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