Suspect Arrested for 2011 Murder

On September 12, 2011 Officer’s responded to Villa Del Sol Condos 3938 Surfside Blvd at 6:35 p.m. for a nature unknown call. The resident called and advised that he came home from work and found blood on his bed and in the hallway and could not locate his girlfriend, victim Patricia Duling (01/07/60). When Officers forced entry into the bathroom they found Patricia deceased on the floor from stab wounds.


While detectives spoke to several individuals, a suspect was never arrested. The murder remained unsolved.


This morning the Homicide Division was contacted by the Beaumont Police Department regarding a subject claiming to have committed a murder in Corpus Christi. The case was that of Patricia Duling. Detectives worked with those in Beaumont regarding the specifics of the case. When Beaumont detectives interviewed the suspect he gave information that only someone involved would have known about.


After receiving the information Corpus Christi Detectives contacted the District Attorney’s office and obtained a Murder Warrant.


Terry Smith (01/09/55) was arrested for the murder and booked into the Jefferson County Jail.

No other information will be available today.

Captain M. Alanis