HPD: Man confesses to killing landlord

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Vicente Eddie Mata

HOUSTON - A man has been arrested and charged in connection with a landlord's death.

Vicente Eddie Matta, 19, has been charged with capital murder.

Houston police said Matta killed Ali Dehghani, 62, in a home in the 5400 block of Malmedy near Cherbourg in south Houston.

Dehghani owned the house where his body was found, but he rented it out to tenants. Investigators said he had gone to the home on Jan. 7 to check on his property, but he didn't come home.

Relatives went to the home about 10 a.m. on Jan. 8 and found Dehghani's body. Police said he had been beaten to death.

Police said their investigation led them to Matta, who was arrested on Jan. 21. Investigators said Matta confessed to killing Dehghani. The motive for the slaying has not been released.

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