Friend to Dallas Homeless Fatally Beaten

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011  |  Updated 8:06 PM CDT
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Friend to Dallas Homeless Fatally Beaten

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A kind-hearted 80-year-old Dallas man who let homeless people camp in his back yard was found bludgeoned to death in his home.

Dallas police say Gilbert Spira was dead when officers arrived at his house Thursday night. Police found his alleged assailant in another room struggling to get away from witnesses who had tackled him and dialed 911.

27-year-old Walter Cisneros Diaz was being held in the Dallas County Jail on one count of murder Saturday. His bail is $150,000.

The motive was not clear.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Diaz kept his possessions under a mattress in Spira's yard.

Police Lt. David Pughes said Spira befriended a group of homeless people a few months ago, allowing them on his property because he thought it would deter burglars.

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