TEXAS CITY — A man charged with murder hours after a body was found in an abandoned house Saturday told police he stabbed another man with an ice pick more than 15 times after waking to the sight of the victim masturbating, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
Thomas Ray Graham, 30, told detectives he found the ice pick near the front door of the abandoned house in the 600 block of Martin Luther King Avenue, where he decided to go to sleep Aug. 21 after getting into a fight with his boyfriend.
When Graham woke up, a man he did not know was in the room exposing himself, according to the affidavit.
Graham told police he kicked the man’s legs out from under him and used an ice pick to stab him in the chest between 15 and 20 times. Graham said he then went to the convenience store to buy sodas and smoked a “crack rock” he found on the ground before returning to the abandoned house.
Graham said he found the man “rolling around the floor, gasping for air, gurgling,” and told him to blink his eyes if he wanted mercy, according to the affidavit.
“He blinked his eyes, so I slit his throat and I stabbed him in the chest,” Graham told police.
Graham, who was convicted of sexual assault of a child in Sulphur Springs in 2006 and served an 8-year sentence, told police he used a knife he has carried since being released from prison.
Graham told police he took the man’s shoes and discarded the ice pick, then went back to his boyfriend’s house.
Two days later, Graham approached an off-duty police officer in Houston, where he was detained. Put on speakerphone with a Texas City detective, Graham directed police to the abandoned house on Martin Luther King Avenue.
Lindsey Ovie Gamble, 61, was found dead of multiple stab wounds to his torso, police said. He was wearing a bloody shirt and was nude from the waist down when officers arrived, according to the affidavit.
Graham remained at the Galveston County Jail with bond set at $250,000. He did not have an attorney listed as of Wednesday, according to court records.
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