Blood leads po­lice to ar­rest man in fa­ther’s death

DNA anal­y­sis con­nects son to Au­gust slay­ing, ar­rest af­fi­davit says

The Dallas Morning News - - State/North Texas - By TOM STEELE Staff Writer [email protected]­las­ Twit­ter: @tom­steele

Dal­las po­lice ar­rested a man Thurs­day, more than four months after they say he killed his fa­ther at a west Oak Cliff apart­ment.

Dameian Beal, 41, was taken into cus­tody around 2 p.m. in the 2100 block of Vil­lage Way. He faces a mur­der charge, and his bail had not been set.

Of­fi­cers were called to Price Beal’s home in the 4100 block of South Cockrell Hill Road around 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 after his brother found the 72-year-old’s body.

The brother told po­lice he hadn’t heard from the el­der Beal, so he went to his apart­ment. When he found his sib­ling ly­ing on the floor, he left the apart­ment and no­ti­fied au­thor­i­ties.

Po­lice said in an ar­rest-war­rant af­fi­davit that Price Beal’s body “showed signs of homi­ci­dal vi­o­lence con­sis­tent with a bladed in­stru­ment.”

De­tec­tives dis­cov­ered a trail of blood in the apart­ment that led to the bath­room, and droplets of blood were found on the sink, toi­let seat, bath­tub and shower knob — lead­ing them to be­lieve that Price Beal’s at­tacker may have a hand or fin­ger in­jury.

Po­lice also learned that Price and Dameian Beal had ar­gued the pre­vi­ous day and that the fa­ther’s last phone call was to his son, the af­fi­davit says. Dameian Beal did not an­swer his phone when sev­eral rel­a­tives tried to call him, po­lice said.

Sev­eral days later, po­lice dis­cov­ered that Dameian Beal was stay­ing at a Duncanville mo­tel and saw him and his mother tak­ing items from the room and putting them in a ve­hi­cle. An of­fi­cer called Beal’s mother and said po­lice would be pick­ing him up for an in­ter­view.

But when of­fi­cers went to the room, Beal had left. Po­lice seized a pil­low, pil­low­case and tow­els that had dried blood on them.

Beal later went to Dal­las po­lice head­quar­ters to speak to de­tec­tives, telling them that he’d been to his fa­ther’s apart­ment the morn­ing of Aug. 3 but didn’t stay long and didn’t know his fa­ther had died un­til his mother told him, the af­fi­davit says.

He re­fused to pro­vide a DNA sam­ple, and po­lice noted sev­eral cuts on his hands.

In Novem­ber, a DNA anal­y­sis matched the blood on a towel taken from the mo­tel room to blood on the shower at Price Beal’s apart­ment. Po­lice ob­tained a war­rant to per­form a cheek swab on Dameian Beal, and that DNA also matched the blood, the af­fi­davit says.

Beal has been con­victed a num­ber of times in Dal­las County on charges in­clud­ing as­sault and in­de­cent ex­po­sure. He does not have an at­tor­ney listed in court records.


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