death penalty news—-TEXAS

Sept. 11


Death will be sought for man accused of killing kids

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a Pasadena man in the grisly
deaths of his 2 children, whose bodies had been severely burned inside a
suitcase and a wooden box.

A grand jury indicted 27-year-old Randy Terrell Sylvester on Wednesday on
capital murder charges. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty, said
Harris County Assistant District Attorney Stephen St. Martin, adding that
the medical examiner has not determined the cause of death for either
Randy Sylvester Jr., 7, or Denim Sylvester, 3.

Sylvester was also indicted on an assault charge, accused of hitting the
children's mother, Jerilynn St. Cyr.

Investigators said the children disappeared June 15 from the Sandridge
Apartment Homes at 4025 Burke.

About a week later, Sylvester led investigators to the children's remains
in a wooded area near Galveston Road and Allendale, where flames scorched
overhanging tree limbs, indicating an accelerant had been used.

No accelerants or ignitable materials were found when they searched
Sylvester's apartment.

(source: Houston Chronicle)