Police: Suspect accused of selling dead man's home arrested

Photo shows Christopher Brian Colbert (Dallas PD)

Photo shows Christopher Brian Colbert (Dallas PD)

Authorities have arrested a man accused of selling a Dallas home by posing as its dead owner, whose death is being investigated as a homicide.

Dallas Police Maj. Max Geron tells station KXAS-TV U.S. Marshals arrested 43-year-old Christopher Brian Colbert on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Police allege Colbert assumed the identity of deceased 57-year-old Ronald Shumway and sold his home. Court records say Colbert either lived with Shumway or next to him and had "access" to Shumway's property.

In late September, the house's new owner found Shumway's remains in the yard. He'd been missing for months.

Colbert is in custody pending extradition on charges of tampering with a governmental record, securing execution of a document by deception and money laundering. He faces no charges in Shumway's death.

Jail records don't list an attorney who could comment on his behalf.