DALLAS — Deep Valley Drive in Northwest Dallas was quiet on Sunday. Al Winegarten said there's little reason to celebrate Cinco De Mayo.
He just lost his best friend and next-door neighbor, Harry Noble.
"He's gonna be missed in the neighborhood", Winegarten said, standing in front of a well-manicured lawn that he said Noble was helpful in maintaining.
"He was well-known in the neighborhood," Winegarten added.
Dallas police said 40-year-old Allen Wayne Yater has admitted to fatally stabbing 80-year-old Noble in the chest and slashing his throat on Saturday morning.
"Harry ran a lawn service, and this guy worked for Harry," Winegarten explained, saying the two men had been arguing over money and Yater's poor work performance.
Police said Yater also stole surveillance recordings from Noble's home along with approximately $500 in cash.
News 8 conducted a criminal search of Yater's past and found convictions for burglary in Potter County; felony theft charges in Lamar County; and aggravated sexual assault in Van Zandt County.
Noble's best friend believes it's a miracle his wife Bonnie wasn't hurt, considering she was also inside the home when her husband was killed.
"His wife had brain cancer that was removed and it affected her mentally," Winegarten said.
Bonnie Noble is now surrounded by the couple's four children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren as they try to make sense of a senseless murder that took the life a former Army veteran, 50-year member of St. Rita's Catholic Church, and beloved neighbor who delivered black-eyed peas to his neighbors every New Year's Eve.
"He was a close friend and neighbor and always helpful," Winegarten said.
Allen Wayne Yater is charged with capital murder; bond is set at $525,000.