TEXAS CITY — A man was charged with murder hours after the Texas City Police Department received a tip about a dead man in an abandoned home.

Thomas Ray Graham, 30, was charged with first degree murder Saturday evening. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

Police allege that Graham is responsible for the death Lindsey Ovie Gamble, 61, of Texas City.

Other than the announcement of the arrest, few details were released Saturday about the crime.

Police Chief Robert Burby said the Texas City Police Department received a call about 8:15 a.m. Saturday from a Houston police detective. The detective told dispatchers that a person he was interviewing informed him of a dead body in the 600 block of Martin Luther King Avenue on the east side of Texas City.

Texas City police went to the address, where they found Gamble’s remains.

Police blocked off a block of Martin Luther King Avenue on Saturday as they searched for evidence and witnesses.

“(Graham) was taken in custody this afternoon,” Burby said.

Burby could not say specifically when Gamble’s death occurred but said he believed it might have been days ago. The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s office is scheduled to perform an autopsy to determine a cause and time of death.

Burby said additional charges against Graham are pending.

Burby said he was not aware of any relationship between Burby and Graham.

“We’re still trying to figure out exactly what happened,” Burby said.

Department of Public Safety records indicate that Graham had been convicted of sexual assault of a child in Sulphur Springs in 2006. His eight-year sentence ended on June 28.

Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or john.ferguson@galvnews.com. Follow him on Twitter, @johnwferguson.

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