Arrest made in decapitation murder; bond set at $5M

Published 4:48 pm Monday, June 13, 2016

An arrest has been made in the murder of a Port Arthur man whose decapitated body was found in his truck in Brazoria County last month.

Zachary Lyn Foyt, 24, was arrested in Lakewood, Colorado for the murder of Jubal Dee Alexander, 24, on Friday. He remains in the Jefferson County Colorado jail at this time awaiting extradition to Texas. Bond is set at $5 million, according to information from the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office.

The body of Alexander was found lying in the front seat of a Chevrolet pickup parked beneath the Austin Bayou Bridge on FM 2004 in Brazoria County on May 3. The victim was identified through fingerprints.

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An autopsy was completed by the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office and the cause of death is yet to be determined. Resources attached to the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office are conducting specialized forensic analysis.

The deceased had been living out of his truck in order to save money while working as a contractor at the Ineo plant on FM 2004.

“Other than employment, no significant ties between Brazoria County and the victim have been identified,” according to the release.

Three weeks after Alexander’s body was discovered, a witness came forward to the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office and gave the name of a suspect. A motive for the killing is still being determined.

“Information from this witness was verified by comparing tip information to information that has not been made public,” according to the sheriff’s office. “Subsequent follow-up investigation revealed that Foyt had fled Brazoria County to the city of Lakewood, Colo. A Brazoria County investigative team traveled to Lakewood, Colo. to question the suspect. Additionally, other local witnesses were questioned simultaneously. All of the information collectively led to the arrest of Zachary Lyn Foyt.”

Investigators said there is no reason to believe Alexander knew his killer and that the decapitation of the body is thought to be “an attempt at concealing o destroying evidence.”

Cadaver dogs and search boats were used in the search which covered both water and land but the victim’s head was not located, Brazoria County Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Kincheloe said in a previous story that ran in the Port Arthur News.

The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office received extensive assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Service Southern District of Texas, Lakewood Colorado Police Department and the Brazoria County District Attorney’s Office.

The case remains under investigation.

Mary Meaux: 409-721-2429

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