81-year-old Wise County man dies seven months after brutal robbery

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An 82-year-old Wise County man, who was found last June bound with handcuffs and duct tape several days after robbers ransacked his home, has died.

Marvin Zimmerman of Boyd died Sunday at a Bedford hospital, the Tarrant County medical examiner reported.

The cause of his death was complications of a brain injury, dehydration and renal failure, which were the results of being beaten, bound and abandoned at his home in 1400 block of New Hope Road, the medical examiner said. His death was ruled a homicide.

One suspect told investigators that the assailants used a stun gun on Zimmerman to learn where he kept belongings, according to news reports at the time.

Deputies from Wise and Parker counties and a Texas Ranger were called to the home on June 8. Neighbors worried because they hadn't seen Zimmerman looked through a window at his home and saw him, bound on his living room floor, and called for help.

Zimmerman's hands were handcuffed behind his back and duct tape had been placed over the handcuffs and around his head and feet.

The home had been ransacked by robbers with shaved heads, Zimmerman told authorities.

Last month, Roger Lee Hammons, 49, of Fort Worth and Jimmy Ray Murrell, 50, of Fort Worth pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery charges. Murrell was sentenced to 50 years in prison, Hammons to 40 years. Michael Anthony Cordova, 33, also pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 years.

The case of fourth suspect, Charles Murrell, was pending on Tuesday, according to a news release.

Wise County prosecutors could not be reached to comment Tuesday on how Zimmerman's death would affect the case.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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