Posted: Jun 23, 2011 10:29 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Jun 23, 2011 10:36 PM
New details on a mysterious murder in Texas that left a Lafayette family wondering what happened to their loved one. Nine months after Lafayette native Greg Fleniken's death, the truth is finally brought to light.
On September 16, 2010, police found Fleniken's body in his hotel room at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Beaumont, Texas. But no one seemed to know who or what had killed him.
Back in November, Fleniken's wife, Susie, had no idea how her husband had died. She only knew that police had ruled his death a homicide.
"We need help, we need to know if anyone heard anything, knows anything, did anyone tell them something we don't know. We have nothing to go by," said Susie Fleniken in November 2010.
Fast forward nine months, and police have new information from three men, electricians from Wisconsin, who were staying in the room next door the night of Fleniken's death.
The events of that September night are all spelled out in a Probable Cause Affidavit from Jefferson County, Texas. Police found out that three men had been drinking in the room next door when one of the men pulled out a hand gun. The affidavit states he had accidentally fired it at the wall, and subsequently into Fleniken's room next door."
Police say 48-year-old Lance Robert Mueller of Wisconsin, was the man holding the gun. In the affidavit he and the two other men admit to plugging up the bullet hole in the wall with toothpaste. The next morning when they saw a body bag brought out of the room none of the men came forward and told police what had happened.
Forensic evidence proved that Mueller's stray bullet had struck and killed Fleniken while he was lying down in bed.
Mueller is now charged with Manslaughter, a second degree felony. Fleniken's wife did not wish to comment on the arrest Thursday, only saying she's relieved the culprit was finally caught.