Murder at Autumn Woods: Maintenance Man Strangles Student to Death
20-year-old Jenna Verhaalen was a freshman studying law at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas. She was independent and determined to pay her own way, working full-time as a waitress at a nearby bar and grill. Jenna lived in Autumn Woods, an apartment complex mere blocks away from campus. Her long-term boyfriend, 20-year-old Spencer Hood lived in the same complex.
On April 9, 2008, Spencer stopped by Jenna’s apartment at 11:00 am to pick up a textbook he had forgotten there the night before. Instead, he was met with a grisly scene; Jenna was lying on the floor of her living room, cold to the touch.