17-year-old charged with murder in motel tub death

Motel Bathtub Homicide
Houston police investigate a scene where a man was found in a bath tub at the Tropical Motel on Tuesday in Houston. Police say the 35-year-old victim was killed early Tuesday at the motel and a 17-year-old man has been arrested in his death. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)

HOUSTON (AP) — A teenager has been charged with murder in the slaying of a 35-year-old man whose beaten and stabbed body was found in a Houston motel bathtub.

Harris County jail records show 17-year-old Carlos Mercado was charged Wednesday and is being held without bond.

Jail records don’t list an attorney for Mercado.

He was arrested before dawn Tuesday for a traffic violation as he drove the victim’s car. Investigators say Mercado’s clothes were bloody, and that he admitted to the killing.

A cleaner discovered the victim’s body in the Tropical Motel. The victim’s identity has not been released.

Houston police say Mercado and the victim checked into a room together and an argument ensued.

Authorities haven’t released a possible motive in the death.

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