Woman found dead in back yard

Published On: Feb 04 2013 03:44:14 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 04 2013 05:32:26 PM CST

A man has confessed to killing a woman whose body was found in south Houston, detectives said.

Linda Spells, 53, was found dead in the back yard of a pastor's home in the 2400 block of Francis near Dowling on Saturday. The home's yard is connected to a church, officials said.

Houston police have not released the name of the man they have in custody. Charges against him are pending.

"I just hate it happen like that," said Nelson Jones, Spells' ex-husband.

Detectives said Spells had been strangled and was only partially clothed.

Spells left behind two sons, Jones said.