Warrant issued for suspect in murder of Texas cardiologist

Pappas the suspect wanted in the July 20 murder of local cardiologist Mark Hausknecht

Joseph James Pappas, 62, is wanted for gunning down Houston cardiologist Mark Hausknech in broad daylight while both of them were riding bicycles.

"If you think about his fascination with the doctor and the fact that he ends up killing this man in cold blood, the only thing we can think of is the connection between his mother dying over 20 years ago during surgery", Acevedo said. He said the last anyone had heard from Pappas was in a Tuesday morning text message in which Pappas wrote that he was going to kill himself.

"There was a lot of planning that went into this, and sadly, some skill", Acevedo told reporters.

Houston police say a neighbor called the Harris County Precinct 5 Constables' Office to report the sighting, spurring a frenzy of police activity outside the murder suspect's home on Stillbrooke.

Police named Pappas as a suspect in the murder after several people, who were not named, identified him after viewing enhanced surveillance video from a home, Acevedo said.

Police searched his home at 4 a.m., August 1, and have been in contact with Spencer. HPD Executive Assistant Chief Matt Slinkard said deputy constables believed the suspect may have returned to his home after a light was seen shining inside the residence.

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Former president George H.W. Bush waves as he leaves Methodist Hospital with his cardiologist, Mark Hausknecht, on February 25, 2000, after a news conference in Houston. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

"There was a lot of planning that went into this", Acevedo said. "Just as a tip led to his identity, we still need anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward".

Police have also released surveillance photos, taken from a distance, that appear to show the bicyclists crossing paths. Pappas allegedly shot him twice as the doctor was riding his bike to work.

Former President George Bush, right, listens to cardiologist Mark Hausknecht talk about Bush's heart condition, during a news conference at Methodist Hospital on Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, in Houston.

"Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man", Bush said. "His family is in our prayers", the 41st U.S. president said in a statement quoted by United States media.

According to real estate website Har.com, a man with the name Joseph James Pappas is listed as "a licensed real estate service provider in Houston, Texas", and he owns the Pappas Realty Company. "I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care", the statement read.

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