According to police, a Florida man has been charged in the death of an esteemed Texas attorney who was doused in gasoline and set on fire nearly six years ago.
The Dallas Police Department announced on Wednesday that Steven Aubrey, 61, was arrested in Oakland Park, Florida, for the 2016 murder of Ira Toblowsky. According to online jail records obtained by Oxygen.com, he was charged with murder.
“The information and evidence gathered during the years-long investigation have resulted in the arrest,” the Dallas Police Department said in an April 27 statement.
Aubrey had been a person of interest in the murder of the Texas lawyer for many years. According to authorities, the two men knew each other because Toblowsky once represented Aubrey’s mother in a legal case filed against him.
Toblowsky was killed on May 13, 2016 at his Kenshire Drive home in Dallas as he prepared to leave for work, according to police. His scorched body was discovered in the garage of the house by emergency personnel.
“An investigation revealed that Tobolowsky entered his garage and was near his car when Aubrey assaulted him, pouring gasoline on the victim, setting him on fire, and killing him,” the Dallas Police Department added.
Due to thermal burns, smoke inhalation, and blunt force trauma, Tobolowsky’s death was eventually ruled a homicide.
According to a heavily redacted 2016 search warrant obtained by Oxygen.com, authorities later discovered mysterious holes drilled in the Tobolowsky’s fence, which detectives speculated at the time could have been drilled to allow the lawyer’s suspected killer to view him “coming and going” from his home.
However, authorities were unable to make any arrests in Toblowsky’s death for years.
“”It was a horrible, horrible shock when it happened,” Bob Hinton, a longtime friend of Toblowsky’s, told Fort Worth television station KXAS-TV. “He didn’t have an enemy in the world, as far as we knew.” The way this thing dropped out of sight was insane. I believe the Tobolowsky family is relieved that the case has been reopened.”
Hinton stated that Toblowsky, whom he had known since high school, was well-known in legal circles and the community prior to his untimely death.
“”Hinton added that his reputation around the courthouse was the same as it was in high school and in every other aspect of his life.” “He was just a great guy.” He was a quiet, unassuming man.”
“He never missed a sporting event involving his children, and he always had a video camera on his shoulder — just an honest, hardworking guy,” he said. “I’m optimistic and delighted for the Tobolowskys. It will not bring Ira back, but there must be closure.”
According to the Dallas Morning News, Aubrey previously denied any involvement in Tablowsky’s death.
According to online records, he is currently being held on a $2 million bond at a Broward County detention facility in Florida. His extradition to Texas is pending, according to officials. As of Thursday afternoon, it was unclear whether the 61-year-old had retained legal counsel.