Second arrest made in slaying of Hedwig Village woman

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An apparent second arrest has been made in the slaying of the beloved 79-year-old Hedwig Village woman, according to the Hedwig Village Police Department.

Janeil Bernard was found on July 3 by her former long-time maid. Timesha Wilson, 22, is reportedly charged with capital murder, police said.

Michael Susberry – the maid’s son – is also facing a capital murder charge after confessing to the brutal slaying, police said at a press conference earlier this week. 


“She knew him,” said Hedwig Police Chief David A. Gott. “She recognized him. She gave him something to drink. She allowed him to sit on the couch to rest.”

In the course of the robbery, Susberry grabbed Bernard, headbutted her and knocked her to the ground. Then he pulled out a knife and stabbed her repeatedly, police said.

Afterward, police realized Bernard’s car and wallet appeared stolen.

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The vehicle – a red Cadillac sedan with a Texas license plate – turned up in southwest Houston, near State Highway 288. The keys were found about 200 feet away.

Bernard had been a resident of Hedwig Village for 50 years, Gott said. She worked as a schoolteacher in Spring Branch ISD before staying at home to take care of her two sons. Later in life, she became an accountant and eventually settled down to a quiet life brightened by dancing and family. She also had two grandchildren who adored her, Gott said.

A Metro pass and surveillance footage helped police figure out Susberry was involved in the killing.  After figuring out Susberry’s identity, the police called him in for questioning. 

He eventually came into the police station voluntarily and confessed to the crime. 

Keri Blakinger contributed to this report. 


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