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Suspicious death investigation results in murder arrest

An affidavit has revealed new details in the events leading up to the death of Jimmy Jimenez Jr.

ODESSA, Texas — (Editor's note: The video above is from earlier coverage of the investigation.)

The Odessa Police Department announced Friday that what started as a suspicious death investigation has resulted in a man being charged with murder.

Anthony Jimenez, 48, has been charged with murder, a first degree felony.

According to an affidavit, at 8:19 a.m. on Thursday, officers responded to a medical call at 822 N Adams, where they found a dead man. He was later identified as 55-year-old Jimmy Jimenez.

An investigation revealed that days before his death, Jimmy Jimenez was in a fight with Anthony Jimenez over money.

During the fight, Anthony punched Jimmy several times, knocking him to the ground. Anthony said Jimmy was unconscious and bleeding from the mouth by the end of the fight.

Anthony then fled to Amarillo without helping Jimmy. He returned to the house to find Jimmy dead.

When police searched the home, they found a hammer with what appeared to be blood on it.

An autopsy found that Jimmy had a broken neck and ruled his death a homicide.

Preliminary information provided by OPD said a warrant for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury was served on Anthony sometime during the investigation.

The circumstances of the first call and the state of the scene caused officers to rule the death suspicious from the beginning.

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