Baytown Killers Caught, 02/01/68: Harris County deputies take accused murderers Arliss James Huffman and Gladys Ella Prather into custody. On January 27, Baytown hotel owner Harry S. Creger was found strangled and stabbed to death in his apartment. With Creger's billfold, a gold watch, and a gold diamond ring missing, police believed robbery to be the motive. Investigations into stolen personal checks, reported by Creger the previous week, led Baytown detectives to Huffman and Prather. The Houston couple had previously worked for Creger and reportedly quarreled with the victim the morning of his murder about the missing checks. Police arrested Huffman on January 29 and Prather the following day. Both admitted to forging checks, but denied involvement in Creger's murder. Detectives found the stolen watch and ring in a search of the couple's apartment. A Harris County grand jury indicted Huffman and Prather for murder on March 21. At trial, Prather turned state's evidence and testified against Huffman. He was convicted on October 17 and sentenced to death.