- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

LA PORTE, Texas (AP) - Houston-area authorities say a 37-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the slaying of a couple in 2002.

La Porte police Sgt. John Krueger says investigators previously had submitted evidence to prosecutors that implicates John Anthony Vela of Falfurrias in the killings of the couple at their home. The evidence recently was submitted again and investigators obtained a warrant for Vela’s arrest.

He’s accused of fatally stabbing Kevin Collins and Melissa Williams. Their bodies were found by a maintenance worker who had gone to work on the couple’s air conditioner in September 2002. Vela, formerly a longtime resident of La Porte, was considered the primary suspect early in the investigation.

Vela was being held at the Harris County jail. It was not clear if he has an attorney.

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