PASADENA (TEXAS): Two teenage girls are accused of stabbing a 75-year-old man to death in a robbery that netted them just $15, and police say the mother of one of the teens helped put them up to it.
Dannette R Gillespie, 38, gave knives to her 15-year-old daughter and Vanessa Anne Ocampo, 19, then waited in their car while the teens robbed and killed Eugene Palma, according to a probable cause warrant. All three were charged with capital murder on Saturday and were being held without bail.
Palma, a bar owner was found stabbed several times in the driveway of his home in this Houston suburb on Wednesday. He did not know the women, Pasadena police said. According to the warrant, Ocampo told police the three had been looking for someone to rob that morning.
"He would’ve given them money that’s the crazy thing,"Kim Nawrot, who works a bartender at Palma’s bar, told the Houston Chronicle .
A palm print on Palma’s car led police to the women, officers said. Gillespie and her daughter, who was not identified because she is a juvenile, were arrested in Pasadena.
Police said Ocampo told investigators the three went to Palma’s bar and followed him home, and that Gillespie handed knives to her daughter and Ocampo and encouraged them to commit the robbery.
The two younger women went through Palma’s pockets and car in search of money and Ocampo took $15, according to the warrant.
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