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Suspect charged in deaths of caretaker, 75-year-old woman

HOUSTON – Houston police have charged a suspect in the deaths of a 75-year-old woman and her caretaker who were killed at a home in northwest Houston.

Christopher James Jackson, 28, is charged with murder.  He is accused in the deaths of Gavonte Antwon Atkins, 27, and Dorothy Lee Carter, 75.

HPD patrol officers, along with Houston Fire Department emergency personnel, responded to a house fire in the 1000 block of Marjorie on Dec. 31. Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the back of the house.

HFD firefighters located Carter inside the home and immediately transported her to the hospital, where she died from smoke inhalation.  Atkins suffered gunshot wounds and died at the scene. Police said he was Carter's caretaker.

Fire officials said he nature of the fire appeared to be suspicious.

A 2002 blue Buick LeSabre belonging to Atkins was determined to be missing from the home and was later recovered in a remote location.

Further investigation led to the identification of Jackson as a suspect. 

Jackson was arrested Monday, and confessed to his role in the deaths of Atkins and Carter, police said.