August 7, 2014 at 8:47 am

17-year-old charged with murder in Houston motel tub death

Houston ó A teenager has been charged with murder in the slaying of a 35-year-old man whose beaten and stabbed body was found in a Houston motel bathtub.

Harris County jail records show 17-year-old Carlos Mercado was charged Wednesday and is being held without bond.

Jail records donít list an attorney for Mercado.

He was arrested before dawn Tuesday for a traffic violation as he drove the victimís car. Investigators say Mercadoís clothes were bloody, and that he admitted to the killing.

A cleaner discovered the victimís body in the Tropical Motel. The victimís identity has not been released

Houston police say Mercado and the victim checked into a room together and an argument ensued.

Authorities havenít released a possible motive in the death.