May 25, 2022

62-year-old Florida man arrested in connection with the grisly slaying of Texas attorney, facing death penalty

In 2016, attorney Ira Tobolowsky was found dead next to his vehicle at his Dallas home. Someone had poured gasoline on the 68-year-old and lit him on fire — and now that alleged someone is in jail.

Steven Aubrey was charged with capital murder in connection with Tobolowsky’s death, a crime that carries the death penalty in Texas, the Washington Post reported. The 61-year-old was arrested in Broward County, Florida, and is being held on a $2 million bond.

The details of the grisly crime unfolded on May 13, 2016, as firefighters came upon Tobolowsky’s home engulfed in flames. They found his charred body in the garage, and his death was ruled a homicide after investigators discovered that Tobolowsky had been assaulted, doused with gasoline, and set ablaze.

Almost immediately after Tobolowsky’s death, the family implicated Aubrey as a possible suspect. The two were embroiled in a contentious lawsuit that also involved Aubrey’s partner Brian Vodicka who has not been charged.

Aubrey had first met Tobolowsky in August 2014 during a heated legal proceeding over Aubrey’s mother’s will. His mother had apparently written Aubrey out of it, and Tobolowsky represented her.

During that time, Aubrey accused Tobolowsky of many crimes and called the attorney an “ISIS butcher” in a legal motion suggesting he was affiliated with the terrorist group. For his part, Tobolowsky filed legal documents alleging Aubrey made “anti-Jewish remarks that are insulting, cruel, and evil.”

Tobolowsky went on to file a 2015 defamation lawsuit against Aubrey. The attorney further argued Aubrey should be designated a vexatious litigant, meaning he would need a judge’s permission to sue a person because of his history of filing frivolous lawsuits.

That was the case being litigated when Tobolowsky’s murder occurred and certainly speaks to a possible motive. Though suspects are innocent until proven guilty, the circumstances surrounding Tobolowsky’s death coupled with Aubrey’s arrest pose a formidable challenge to his defense.

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26 days ago

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26 days ago

Well good to see justice being served for once but not often enough

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