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Husband dies a week after assault in Fort Worth home invasion

One victim dies more than a week after a home invasion on Cool Spring Drive in Fort Worth.
One victim dies more than a week after a home invasion on Cool Spring Drive in Fort Worth.

The victim of a home invasion in west Fort Worth on March 28 died early Thursday from injuries he suffered in the break-in, authorities said.

John Porter, 69, died at 6:50 a.m. in the surgical unit of John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. His cause of death is listed as a gunshot wound of the head.

Fort Worth police said a capital murder warrant would be issued for the arrest of the suspect, James Ernest Floyd, 50. He remained in the Dallas County Jail Thursday on a kidnapping charge, records show.

Porter and his wife, Diane Porter, also 69, were injured during the home invasion in the 10200 block of Cool Springs Drive. Officers were called to the home about noon after a woman reported being robbed and shot. Police had said the husband and wife were “assaulted,” but no further details about their injuries have been released.

The couple’s Kia Sorento SUV was stolen during the incident and later found in Terrell. Floyd was questioned after being arrested and accused of kidnapping a victim at gunpoint in the 1500 block of East Louisiana, in south Dallas, about 3 p.m. Sunday. Floyd then drove the victim to Terrell and released him, police said.

Floyd is a registered sex offender who was convicted in the rape of a 19-year-old woman in 1983, The Dallas Morning News reported.

He was sentenced to 75 years in prison and was released in August 2011 on mandatory supervision until 2058, said Robert Hurst, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Floyd is also suspected of shooting a man in the head in DeSoto on March 25, NBC DFW reported. The victim, identified by the station as Sean Mathis, survived.

This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson