Bakery owner charged with murder after burnt body found in Dallas Alley – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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The owner of a Mexican bakery in Oak Cliff has been charged with murder after a burned body was found in a Dallas alley, police say.

According to the Dallas Police Department, officers at 1330 Kings Highway responded to a call about a body in the alleyway shortly after 9:00 am on Sunday.

Dallas Fire-Rescue also arrived at the scene and found a male victim who had been burned, police said.

The Dallas Police Homicide Unit, Dallas Fire Arson Unit and Crime Scene Response all responded to process the scene.

Police said the victim was identified as 52-year-old Anthony Moreno. Police say Moreno was wearing boots, jeans, a shirt and a wedding ring on his left hand at the time of his death.

On Thursday, Dallas police arrested 45-year-old Manuel Tellez, a resident of Grand Prairie, in connection with the murder. Tellez owns Maroches Bakery, a well-known Mexican bakery in Oak Cliff.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that Tellez stabbed Moreno several times in an alleyway behind 1330 Kings Highway, police said. According to police, Tellez left the crime scene, changed clothes and returned to where he poured gasoline on the victim and set the body on fire.

Members of the Dallas arts community expressed both shock and grief Friday over a violent crime involving both a suspect and a victim that many knew well.

Organizers of Dallas Mercado, an outdoor art expo being held Friday night in the West End, said Moreno and Tellez were both booked to show their work at the event.

Artist Maggie Wolters said she admired Moreno’s work, which included depictions of sugar skulls in various art forms, and considered Tellez to be a little brother with whom she spoke almost every day.

“We are currently facing a lot of questions and there are no answers,” Wolters said. “There are no words to describe how I feel. I know I’m numb.”

Tellez was taken into custody and taken to the police station for questioning.

Police said he was later transported to the Dallas County Jail and charged with murder.

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