Killer Identified After Murdering Brother-in-Law; Dumping Body Along Cypress Creek

Spring, Texas – A 32-year-old MMA fighter has been charged with the murder of his brother-in-law after a body was found by a fisherman along Cypress Creek in Spring.

On September 11, 2019, Harris County Precinct 4 Constables responded to the banks of Cypress Creek in the 4200 block of Treaschwig Road in reference to a body that was found. A fisherman discovered what he believed to be a deceased body wrapped in a blanket and trash bag lying near the creek’s edge.

The deceased male was later identified as 31-year-old, Bernabe Torres.

Investigators say that the autopsy revealed numerous stab wounds to the body of Torres.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Investigators were able to identify the alleged killer as 32-year-old Akira Keir Smith. Smith was arrested by investigators and booked into the Harris County Jail on murder charges.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Smith is a bantamweight mixed martial arts fighter with a professional record of four wins and three losses. His status is listed as suspended and his last fight was reportedly in 2016.

Note: A mugshot of Smith was not readily available at the time this article went to press. We will update this article as information becomes available.