Warrants detail evidence in Dallas lawyer's burning death

DALLAS - A set of heavily-redacted search warrants released by Dallas Police give insight into some of the evidence collected in the investigation of a prominent lawyer’s death.

The family of Ira Tobolowsky, who was found burned to death in his garage in May, believes someone had drilled holes in his fence to watch Tobolowsky without being seen.

“Suspicious holes” were drilled near a corner of the fence that gave a clear view of the garage from an alley near the home, a search warrant states.

According to the warrants, dated in late May and redacted to protect the investigation, officers searched a Dallas apartment before being notified of the holes in the family’s fence. During a second search, police took a drill and drill bits from the apartment.

They also took propane containers, a torch, gas cans and a pipe cutter.

Neighbors told police no one had been seen or heard in or around the house since May 14, the day after Tobolowsky was killed. Police believed the suspect was hiding.

Tobolowsky’s death was officially ruled a homicide in August. The medical examiner said Tobolowsky died from thermal burns and smoke inhalation "associated with blunt force injuries."

News 8 learned that Tobolowsky received an email from someone threatening to kill him just weeks before he was doused in fuel and set on fire.

No arrests have been made in the case. 

View the search warrants released by Dallas Police below:

Search Warrant 1 by Dallas Police on Scribd

Search Warrant 2 by Dallas Police on Scribd

Search Warrant 3 by Dallas Police on Scribd

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