Blood leads police to arrest man in father’s death
DNA analysis connects son to August slaying, arrest affidavit says
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.