Autopsy shows Houston man shot before dismembered

By MICHAEL GRACZYK | May 17, 2011 | 1:29 PM EDT

The back door of home sits open Monday morning May 16, 2011, at the duplex where a man was shot and dismembered Saturday night, May 14, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Police said officers found the body outside a vacant house, with the head and an arm stuffed into a trash bag, Sunday, May 15, 2011, after receiving a call. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Nathan Lindstrom)

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas medical examiner says a man whose headless body was found outside a vacant house in Houston died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Police found the head and dismembered body of 35-year-old Marlon Thomas on Sunday evening. They have arrested his best friend, 32-year-old Noe Morin, on a murder charge.

The Harris County medical examiner's spokeswoman, Roxanne Mena, said Tuesday that an autopsy determined Thomas' death was a homicide and he died from the gunshot wound.

Neighbors reported hearing gunshots on Saturday but said the sound wasn't uncommon in the neighborhood. They have described Thomas and Morin as best friends for years and suggested a possible argument over money or theft of property might have led to the slaying.