Serial killers in Houston’s past

A serial killer is defined as “the unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events,” according to the FBI.

Wife expected to testify against husband in Houston death penalty trial over `honor killings’

A Jordanian immigrant, who was married in her teens and came to the U.S. in the early 1990’s, is anticipated this week to be one of the final and most significant witnesses in the case against a father of 12 facing the death penalty, accused of two “honor killings” in 2012.Special prosecutors on Monday called a half-dozen witnesses, including FBI agents and experts in DNA, fibers, and ballistics, as they worked to wrap up their case in the fourth week of testimony in the case against 60-year-old Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan.

Family and friends remember the victims of north Houston killing spree

Pam Johnson was the glue that held her large family together, making them feel loved with frequent phone calls, notes and gifts. Allie Barrow was “an angel on earth,” as one friend describes her — young, fun and planning to get married soon. And Edward Magaña and his wife, who had grandchildren, were getting ready to enjoy their “golden years” together.

All three were killed in the past week, and police early Tuesday arrested parolee Jose Gilberto Rodriguez in the Cypress area. Law officials have said they expect to charge Rodriguez with three counts of capital murder.

Here’s a closer look at the victims of a deadly crime spree that frightened residents across the city.