Houston-Area Murder Victim Met Killer in Gay Chat Room, Police Say

The body of Spencer Vogt, a 19-year-old man from Katy, Texas who had been missing since March 27, was found last week after another 19-year-old man, believed to be Vogt's killer, was discovered in Georgia driving the victim's car. That man led police to Vogt's body.

Vogt The Houston Chronicle reports: "Vogt had been missing for several days when his body was found late Wednesday wrapped in a tarp and dumped near Cullen at Fuqua. Investigators say a south Houston man stopped by police in Georgia led detectives to Vogt’s body. That man, Lee Carl Banks III, also 19, was driving Vogt’s Mitsubishi Eclipse when he was spotted early Monday in Cairo, which is located in the southwest part of Georgia. Georgia police officers also found a .38-caliber pistol inside the car, the weapon police believe was used to shoot Vogt. Authorities say the two men became acquainted in a gay chat room. Fort Bend County sheriff’s detectives and Texas Rangers questioned Banks in Georgia, where officials say that he admitted shooting Vogt several times and told investigators where the body was located. Banks remains in custody in Georgia, where he was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon and car theft. He could be brought back to Houston as early as next week to face a murder charge."

The motive for the murder remains under investigation.

Vogt attended Cinco Ranch High School. Said Chief Deputy Craig Brady: "It's my understanding that he was an outstanding student. He had a good reputation with the faculty and had numerous friends at school."

A police news conference on the case, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted April 6, 2009 at 11:22am ETC by Andy Towle
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