HOUSTON—According to the Medical Examiner's Office, the body found in the kitchen of Jamie Anne Skelton's apartment was so badly decomposed, it is beyond visual recognition. Cops say the lifeless body of Skelton's lover had been sitting in the Ella Creek apartment in Northwest Houston from Wednesday until her friend called police Friday night.
Today, while the was body was being examined and identified, investigators were talking to witnesses and neighbors were trying to piece it all together.
"I'm kind of scared because I have two small children, I want to know what's going on," says Samantha Hagan, who lives in the complex.
According to investigators, this may be a case of self defense. They say witnesses saw the victim banging on the apartment door, demanding to be let in and another witness may have actually been inside when the murder happened.
"She (skelton) is alleging he (the victim) abused her in the past. I don't know if those allegations have been confirmed or not," says Detective Richard Martinez.
Detective Martinez says officers want to talk to the potential third-party, who may have seen exactly what happened.
Skelton has been charged with murder. Detective Martinez says that charge could be downgraded if more evidence points to self defense. The victim's name has not been released.