At 71 years old he'd probably die before the State would execute him and it would save us a bundle on the cost of prosecuting him and appointing him counsel.
For years, Joe Merrick Thomas refused to talk to Bexar County detectives about the death of a young girl and her mother who were killed just before the woman's sexual assault case against Thomas went to trial.
But in April 2008, when his common-law wife, Alice Fay Olhausen, died of Crohn's disease at age 45, Thomas finally spoke.
He allegedly admitted to two cold case investigators that he and his late wife beat and stabbed the victims to death on March 28, 2000, in a Southwest Bexar County home near Lytle, about a half-mile from the 14000 block of Old Frio City Road.
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