1988 Assault of Dr. Katherine Bascone in Highland Park Becomes Capital Murder Case

George Guo

A registered sex offender, arrested in Houston on Wednesday, could face the death penalty in the recent death of a women he is accused of attacking 30 years ago in Highland Park.

George Guo, 56, faces a capital murder charge in the sexual assault and strangulation of Dr. Katherine Bascone, news outlets are reporting.

Citing the Dallas County district attorney’s office, outlets report that DNA testing linked him to case.

Bascone died in hospice care in February from a brain injury she suffered in the June 19, 1988, leaving her blind and confined to a bed at age 28, the district attorney’s office said.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma medical examiner ruled her death a homicide.

Previous cases against Guo, a former doctor, include a burglary of a habitation conviction in 1991 for breaking into the apartment of a 19-year-old SMU student. Police broke down the door and caught Guo beginning to sexually assault the woman, according to the district attorney’s office.

He had a ski mask, mace, screwdrivers, a class cutter, condoms, and syringes filled with “hospital grade” sedatives in his possession, the district attorney’s office said.

In 1999, he was caught breaking into a home in a Houston suburb and later convicted of intent to commit sexual assault of a juvenile girl. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison and required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He was released from prison in 2013.


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