A man who was dating a well-known Fort Worth businesswoman has confessed to killing her last week, police said Tuesday.
Joshua K. Henry, 29, spoke voluntarily with detectives on Monday about his involvement in the death of Nicole Blahitka, 49, said Sgt. Marc Povero, police spokesman.
But Henry, in a jailhouse interview with WFAA-TV, denied killing Blahitka, who was found dead Friday at her home in a wealthy southwest Fort Worth neighborhood.
Henry told WFAA that he and Blahitka had gone to dinner the night before she was killed. The two of them got into an argument, Henry told the TV station, and he walked home.
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About 2:30 p.m. Friday, Blahitka’s son found her dead of apparent head trauma in her bedroom, Povero said. A housekeeper was also home at the time.
Police on Tuesday were not releasing further details about the death. An arrest warrant affidavit for Henry was not yet available.
Blahitka is the owner of Lon Smith Roofing, and her home — in the 3600 block of Middlewood Drive near Chisholm Trail Parkway — is valued at more than $1.4 million, according to the Tarrant Appraisal District.
Blahitka “had been in a romantic relationship” with Henry, Povero said.
“We’re considering it a case of domestic violence,” Povero said. “[Henry] is the only suspect, but obviously our homicide detectives will look at every angle.”
After his interview with police Monday, Henry was taken back to his residence in Grand Prairie and placed under surveillance until an arrest warrant was signed, Povero said. Police arrested him without incident a few hours later and booked him into jail with a bond of $250,000.
Henry remained in the Mansfield jail Tuesday afternoon.
Court records show Henry was arrested for possession of marijuana on Nov. 2, 2010. The charge was lowered to possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to deferred adjudication and successfully completed his probation.
Henry was arrested on Aug. 13, 2014 and charged with assault bodily injury and unlawful restraint, but in court the charges were reduced to disorderly conduct, Tarrant County court records show. He got deferred adjudication and successfully completed his probation, and doesn’t have a conviction on his record for those offenses.