IRVING, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Irving Police said the 83-year-old grandmother who was found murdered in her home last Thursday, was killed by a cable installer.

Roy Holden, Jr. has been arrested and charged with capital murder.

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Roy James Holden Jr. (Irving Police Department)

Holden, Jr. worked for Spectrum, but was off duty at the time of the crime and has since been terminated.

A Spectrum spokesperson released the following statement on the matter.

“This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with the victim and her family and friends. We are actively working with Irving police as they conduct their investigation.”

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On Thursday, December 12 around 6:00 p.m., officers responded to a call in the 3000 block of E. Cortez Court, where they found the victim, Betty Thomas, deceased.

Betty Thomas (courtesy: Thomas family)

Investigators later connected Holden Jr. to the murder and arrested him Friday.

A motive is unclear at this time and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Irving Police Department at 972-273-1010 or

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