Indictment: Suspect in Longview murders used rope to strangle victims

Indictment: Suspect in Longview murders used rope to strangle victims
Updated: Aug. 30, 2018 at 12:41 PM CDT
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A sketch of a woman identified only as "Lavender Doe" is pictured. (Source: Gregg County...
A sketch of a woman identified only as "Lavender Doe" is pictured. (Source: Gregg County Sheriff's Office)
Felisha Pearson (Source: Longview Police Department)
Felisha Pearson (Source: Longview Police Department)

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A suspect in two Longview murder cases allegedly used a rope to strangle his victims, according to an indictment.

The document, obtained Thursday by KLTV, details a police investigation of Joseph Burnette.

Burnette is suspected of murdering Felisha Pearson, 28, in July and an unidentified woman, known only as "Lavender Doe," in 2006. Burnette gave a full confession, according to officials with the Gregg County Sheriff's Office and Longview Police Department.

The indictment states Burnette strangled Lavender Doe with a rope "on or about the day 28th day of Oct., 2006." According to the indictment Burnette also intentionally caused the death of Felisha Pearson "on or about the 13th day of July, 2018" by strangling her with a rope.

Burnette was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender with a previous conviction. According to the indictment he failed to comply with the Sex Offender Registration Program by failing to report in person to the Gregg County Sheriff's Office of "an intended change of his address."

Burnette was later charged with two counts of murder and one count of sex offender duty to register; habitual offender.

He remains in the Gregg County Jail.

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Investigators are still working to identify Lavender Doe, who is described as a white female in her late teens or early 20s with reddish blonde or light brown hair. She was about 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighed about 100 to 120 pounds and was found wearing blue jeans and a violet/maroon sweater.

Officials say her first name may be Ashley. To provide information on the case, call Gregg County CID Lt. Eddie Hope, 903-236-8400.

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