Residents of an Odessa neighborhood are still in shock after a well-known couple was found slain Monday morning in their home.
Workers remodeling the home of business leaders Dick and Peggy Glover found the pair dead just before 8:45 a.m. Monday at their 2738 Fair Oaks Circle residence. By evening, Odessa police were on the way back from Lubbock after serving a capital murder warrant to 27-year-old James Doyle Burwell, in Lubbock police custody since midmorning.
Meanwhile neighbors are questioning how something like this could happen in the peaceful well-to-do cul-de-sac with its bright green lawns and yards full of large trees, some with children’s swings hanging off the limbs.
“We’ve never had any problems. … It’s quite sickening,” Twyla Greenfield said of the incident.
Rafael Nunez, who lives on the street with his parents, said the deaths scare him in an area where violence is so uncommon.
“We got kids running around all the time,” he said.
Police would not confirm cause of death, but multiple sources said the Glovers were killed by stab wounds. An Odessa Police Department release finally confirmed the names of the victims at 5 p.m.
Three calls to Odessa Police Chief Tim Burton were not returned Monday. At the scene of the deaths, Burton’s commented at 3 p.m. that, “Things are progressing,” but said nothing more.
Likewise, there was no explanation for what the motivation behind the killings may have been.
Municipal Court Judge Dennis Jones signed two warrants for Burwell — the first for unauthorized use of a vehicle in connection with the Glovers’ missing vehicle and a few hours later one for capital murder.
Burwell was arrested at 10:54 a.m. after Lubbock Police used On-Star to track the Glovers’ missing 2007 Lincoln Navigator to a Lubbock motel.
Burwell is being charged with two counts of capital murder, according to an OPD news release.
Jim Hansen, justice of the peace for Precinct 1 in Lubbock County, said he presided over Burwell’s arraignment at about 4:34 p.m. Monday, after which Ector County officers took him back to Odessa.
Hansen said he set a $250,000 bond for the capital murder charge and two $10,000 bonds for unauthorized use of a vehicle charges, one out of Lubbock County and one out of Ector County. Hansen described Burwell as “very polite” during the short exchange.
Burwell’s direct relationship to the Glovers, if any, wasn’t immediately clear Monday, but he has at least one connection to the Glovers’ neighborhood: Iretta Pruit, who married Burwell’s father, Robert Burwell. Pruit said the two divorced in 2006, just a couple years after they married.
“I was married to his dad, but I haven’t seen him in several years,” she said. But she described the accusations against her former stepson as out of character. “I would like to say not, that he wouldn’t do anything like that.”
Margaret Burwell, James Doyle Burwell’s grandmother, knew only what she had heard on the news from the day’s events, said James Doyle Burwell did not live at her address.
“I haven’t seen him since Saturday,” she said.
According to the arrest affidavit for capital murder, officers discovered that a 2007 pearl-colored Lincoln Navigator was missing from the couple’s house. The affidavit stated blood was found on Burwell’s boots, and the prints of the boots also matched print patterns extracted from the scene. Burwell also had at least one credit card with Peggy Glover’s name, the affidavit stated.
Well-known in the community, the Glovers were also recognized near their home. Neighbors of the Glovers said Dick Glover cleaned the alley every Sunday, and one said it seemed odd he hadn’t seen Dick Glover the day before. Rafael Nunez said the missing Lincoln Navigator was what he always saw the Glovers driving, and he didn’t know what other vehicle she had.
Jean Heggemeier said the neighbors who lived in the area were a tight-knit group of people, helping each other out when needed.
“It’s a nice neighborhood,” she said. “I’d say we’re close.”
Terry Kelly lives across the street from Dick and Peggy Glover and said the area wasn’t a place where crime was an issue.
“We never thought security was an issue in this neighborhood,” Kelly said.
Kelly then proceeded to call the Glovers “top shelf people.”
“He was the kind of guy who wanted to work every day,” Kelly said. “They were good neighbors.”
Despite the horrific events from the day, neighbors said they still feel safe in their homes. Heggemeier held up her Life Alert and said her neighbors check on her.
District Attorney Bobby Bland and DA’s office investigator Joe Commander also were on the scene, although Bland said he would only confirm that they were consulting with police, and wouldn’t give any further details.
Burwell was last in the Ector County Detention Center in 2008 on a class C misdemeanor of driving without a seatbelt. Sheriff’s Sgt. Gary Duesler said Sheriff Mark Donaldson had instructed him not to release that booking photo, and to wait until Burwell was booked in on a new photo.