Harris County man accused of fatally stabbing his wife found dead in holding cell

5/21/2022 8:42:00 PM

Harris County man accused of fatally stabbing his wife found dead in holding cell

Ed Gonzalez, Benjamin Pierce

Harris County man accused of fatally stabbing his wife found dead in holding cell

A man accused of killing his wife was found dead in his holding cell Saturday morning.

There were no apparent signs of foul play or trauma, Gonzalez said, adding that Pierce was in a single-person cell for the majority of his time in jail.Pierce was arrested Friday for allegedly stabbing his wife, Leslie Pierce, to death at the house in the 3200 block of Painted Meadow Circle, near Fry Road, in Katy. Just prior to the stabbing, the couple was arguing about divorce and child custody, according to Gonzalez.

Pierce called 911 and told dispatchers that he had stabbed her. He was charged with murder.Read more:Man detained in fatal stabbing of wife in Katy home, authorities sayThe couple's 7-year-old son was in the house at the time of the attack but he was unharmed.

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After being found unresponsive in his holding cell Saturday morning, Benjamin Pierce, 39, was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez wrote on Twitter.He is expected to survive.Email HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Mississippi man is currently fighting to get back the $41,680 he says Harris County took from him without merit.of 4 Charles Martinez acknowledges a person in the audience at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse 174th District Court, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in Houston.

There were no apparent signs of foul play or trauma, Gonzalez said, adding that Pierce was in a single-person cell for the majority of his time in jail. Pierce was arrested Friday for allegedly stabbing his wife, Leslie Pierce, to death at the house in the 3200 block of Painted Meadow Circle, near Fry Road, in Katy. No other injuries were reported. Just prior to the stabbing, the couple was arguing about divorce and child custody, according to Gonzalez. With Woods' permission, deputies searched his vehicle and found the money he is currently seeking back. Pierce called 911 and told dispatchers that he had stabbed her. It appears suspect(s) in a vehicle fired gunshots, striking a couple houses & cars. He was charged with murder. Before the conviction, Charles Martinez had faced decades of allegations at Houston schools and at his Brazoria County ranch, including charges he’d groomed young girls on the phone, sexually abused children and later raped a teenager.

Read more: Man detained in fatal stabbing of wife in Katy home, authorities say The couple's 7-year-old son was in the house at the time of the attack but he was unharmed."It's incumbent upon the state to have an actual crime they think he's committed. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences will conduct a medical examination of Benjamin Pierce and an independent agency will investigate the death, Gonzalez said. About 40 percent of Texas women have experienced intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner rape or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. In 2019, the most year for which data is available, 150 women in Texas were killed by a male intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "You don't have to have criminal charges filed against you," said Beavers. If you or someone you know has experience domestic violence, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotel at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or the Houston Area Women's Center 24-hour hotline at 713-528-2121.” The jury on Tuesday convicted the 60-year-old on two counts of sexual assault of a child.

Alex Stuckey is an investigative reporter for the Houston Chronicle. You can reach her at alex. "We have proof that he told officers that a known drug dealer paid him to come to Houston to buy the dope," Beavers explained.stuckey@chron.com or Twitter.com/alexdstuckey.C. When the sexual abuse started, he would not wear a condom — telling the child that “he was ‘too old’ for her to get pregnant,” according to court documents.

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