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HOUSTON – What some in Houston are calling a satanic murder case is beginning to unfold, as police have a suspect in custody.

Edward O’neal, 18, was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of his friend Ryan Robert, 16.

Edward Oneal IV, 18, arrested in connection with stabbing death of Ryan Robert
Edward Oneal IV, 18, arrested in connection with stabbing death of Ryan Robert

O’neal has been charged with murder, but he didn’t appear before a judge. The court says he was medicated and being combative.

On January 19, HPD found Robert dead in a wooded area off Interstate 610 and Holmes Road in southeast Houston.

Robert went missing four days prior to that.

In January, the deceased teen’s mother says talk around the neighborhood claimed O’neal had begun worshiping the devil saying , “He’s got 66 painted on the back fence over here… he just quit believing in god, completely… started sitting and worshiping the devil”

NewsFix checked it out, and did find some troubling writings inside an abandoned house O’neal allegedly hung around. Despite that, Robert’s mother now believes her son was killed out of anger, not in a satanic ritual.

Since Robert’s death, O’neal has been in a mental institution.

“This boy is far from crazy, far from crazy. He knows what he did.”}

As the plot unfolds in this murder case, it looks like O’neal could need divine intervention to get out of this one.

HPD Press Release:  Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Stabbing of Male Found at 4100 Holmes Road

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of a male found at 4100 Holmes Road about 9:20 a.m. on January 19.

The suspect, Edward Oneal IV (b/m, 18), is charged with murder in the 337th State District Court for his role in the killing of Ryan Roberts, 16, of Houston.

A photo of suspect Oneal is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Senior Police Officers W. Huff and S. Spivey reported:

On January 15, a male (Mr. Roberts) matching the description of the person found at the above address was reported missing to police. Following unsuccessful attempts to locate him, his mother advised on January 18 that she had reason to believe he might be deceased in a wooded area near their apartment complex.  A search ensued, however he was not found.  On January 19, Texas EquuSearch continued the search and located Roberts’ body at the above address.

Further investigation led to the identity of Edward Oneal, an acquaintance of Roberts, as the suspect in this case.  Oneal was arrested without incident on Wednesday (Feb. 10) and admitted his role in Roberts’ death.