Ex-husband indicted in slaying of Baytown Realtor

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:40:44 PM. The Baytown man accused of strangling his ex-wife was indicted Thursday by a Chambers County grand jury, the next step in a gruesome case hit with setbacks at every turn.
The Baytown man accused of strangling his ex-wife was indicted Thursday by a Chambers County grand jury, the next step in a gruesome case hit with setbacks at every turn. First there was the hurricane. Then the slew of potential suspects to eliminate. Then finally a cadre of family members so eager to help that the District Attorney had to call them in for a grand jury inquiry after they may have meddled with investigation into Crystal McDowell's death, according to Sheriff Brian Hawthorne. "It all wrapped around the private investigator that the family had hired," Hawthorne said. No one from the family was indicted, though some were subpoenaed to answer questions, he added. Now Playing: The ex-husband of a realtor in Texas has been charged with her murder after she went missing the day before Hurricane Harvey. Jose Sepulveda (@josesepulvedatv) has more. Media: Buzz60 The 37-year-old Baytown Realtor vanished on the eve of Hurricane Harvey, after telling her boyfriend she was headed to her ex-husband's house to pick up their children. But Steven McDowell said she never arrived, kicking off a two-week search for the missing mom. BACKGROUND: Ex-husband charged in death of missing Baytown realtor The waterlogged roads and stormy downpour hampered the hunt, but eventually investigators tracked her final cell phone ping to a marshy area in Baytown and found her partially submerged car at a Motel 6 near Interstate 10. As the days dragged on, the persons of...Read more
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