Police said a man with a criminal history is now accused of torturing and killing his girlfriend in her Balch Springs home.
The body of 65-year-old Linda Jordan was found inside her home in the 14300 block of Cimarron Drive on Monday evening. Officers took 38-year-old Josh Thurber into custody shortly after the body was discovered, charging him with capital murder.
During a press conference, police said Thurber killed Jordan with a machete while on a weekend meth binge. She suffered trauma to the head, neck and limbs, and her body was wrapped in a shower curtain in the bathtub.
Area resident Rosalina Camacho met Thurber just Sunday, and on Monday, took groceries to him and Jordan. She says at that time, Thurber tried to get her to come to the back of the house.
"I wouldn't go, and he was like, ‘Yeah, I killed her last night,'" said Camacho. "He goes, ‘God walked me through it step by step.' At that time, I felt very uncomfortable…felt I needed to leave, and that's what I did."
Camacho then told a man what happened. That man went to Jordan's house, where Thurber let him in and told him that Jordan was in the bathtub. The affidavit says that then, Thurber made the man look at what he had done.
Jordan was a retired hospital administrative assistant. Neighbors described her as a loving grandmother who was always friendly.
The neighbors said Jordan inherited her home from her late father. The pair, according to the affidavit, had been living together for about five months.
"Her daughter told me he was her boyfriend. Some time back he had wound up throwing the daughter and the granddaughter out of the house," said Mary Brown, a neighbor.
Investigators remained at the home through the day Tuesday collecting and walking out with bags of evidence.
Thurber has a criminal history in at least two states. He hasn't said anything to police, other than that he wants to speak with an attorney.
His bond has been set at $100,000.
Some of Jordan's family is coming from up north, and no one who knows her can understand how she became involved with Thurber.
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