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Man suspected of house fire homicide charged with murder

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The man Lubbock Police suspected of killing his wife on December 18th is now charged with her murder. Abel Alonzo, 35, is still in the hospital from injuries, but he is in the custody of the Lubbock Sheriff's Department on a $500,000 bond.

On Wednesday a murder warrant was released giving chilling details of what police officers found inside the home at 1634 58th street more than two weeks ago.

On that day Abel was scheduled to take a lie detector test on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than 14 years old, but instead he was taken to the intensive burn unit after emergency crews responded to a fire at his home.

When officers arrived, witnesses told them Abel was sitting outside covered in blood, holding a knife and saying his wife, Denise, was dead inside. The new warrant says when officers went inside the home they found Denise dead lying on the floor of a bedroom where the fire had been set.

The warrant says her body was burned so badly the officers couldn't identify her. The documents also say the blackened room had mattresses put in front of both windows in the room.

Walking out of the bedroom, officers found blood stains on the carpet that led to the bathroom. There officers say they found a large pool of blood on the floor near the bathroom sink. The warrant says there appeared to be drag marks from the bathroom to the bedroom where Denise was found dead.

Several witnesses were taken to the police station for their statements, including Abel's mother. She told police just moments before the fire she talked to Abel over the phone. She says he told her that he had stabbed his wife and that he was going to kill himself.

Another witness told police she saw smoke coming from a bedroom window, and after going up to the house she could hear a female's voice moaning and crying from inside.

Right now police have not said whether this murder is connected to the Abel's pending charges of sexual assault of a child.

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