Husband of slain Mercury News photographer arrested

The Associated Press
Tuesday December 04, 2001

OAKLAND — Oakland police have arrested the estranged husband of a San Jose Mercury News photographer found dead on Nov. 25. 

Raymond Houston, 38, turned himself in Monday, police department spokesman George Phillips said. 

Luci S. Houston was found shot to death in the back seat of her company car near a cemetery, about a mile from her home. Her body was covered with a tarp. 

Phillips said police had enough evidence to connect Raymond Houston with the killing. According to police, Luci Houston died of multiple gunshot wounds. 

Phillips said Raymond Houston showed up at the police station with his lawyer about a week ago, but refused to give a statement. The couple was planning to divorce, Phillips said. 

Family members and friends had not seen or heard from Luci Houston since Nov. 20. 

The Washington, D.C., native worked as a staff photographer at the Mercury News since 1993, and had previously been a staff photographer for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.