Man Arrested For Killing His Mother

A Frankston woman's death was ruled a homicide by Dallas medical examiners earlier this week--and now the victim's son is in jail for murder.

Police say Bonnie Nell Smith, 63, was found slumped over her couch when family arrived at her home on CR 329, just outside Frankston, Sunday night. Autopsy reports show Smith was strangled to death.

Smith's son, David Williams, is now charged with the murder. Authorities believe Williams killed his mother after she threatened to turn him in for stealing her credit cards.

Williams and his wife Debra were arrested at a Dallas apartment complex Tuesday. Debra was charged with credit card abuse, Williams with murder.

"Both suspects have cooperated with law enforcement to the extent that they both have written confessions," said Sheriff Hobson.

Smith's family drove into town for her funeral Thursday afternoon. Family members said Williams was close to his mother, but has had anger management issues in the past.

"I think it's senseless because it's over credit cards and money," said the victim's niece Judith Locklin. "I mean her life, she had a full life ahead of her."

Authorities have already recovered Smith's credit cards and other evidence from the bottom of the Neches River.

One of the victim's daughters, Deborah Christie, lived with her, but was not home during the murder.