Charges read against man accused of killing woman found dead in refrigerator


HOUSTON – The man accused of killing his wife and stuffing her body in a refrigerator appeared in downtown court Monday morning.  Patrick Lambert had his charges read against him. 

He was found in Mexico after fleeing with his 11-month-old son.

Police found the body of Anastacia Oaikhena-Lambert in a refrigerator at 10555 Fondren in southwest Houston.  In an affidavit obtained by Local 2, Patrick Lambert is accused of killing Oaikhena-Lambert on Sept. 26. Her body was not found until Dec. 8 when maintenance personnel received reports a foul odor coming from the apartment.

According to a statement read in court, before moving to Houston in February, Oaikhena-Lambert reached out to a local women's shelter for help while living at one in Hawaii. The request documented that she'd been suffering from mental, physical and sexual abuse from her husband.

Oaikhena-Lambert wrote a handwritten letter to the shelter, outlining her reasons for moving to Houston. They included claims of infidelity and what she believed was a veil of secrecy her husband had been living under.

She moved out of the local shelter and into an apartment in June. The last time anyone heard or saw Oaikhena-Lambert was on Sept. 26, a few weeks after she had called Houston police claiming Lambert had threatened to kill her with a knife. She never filed charges.

Investigators say she died of stab wounds to the neck.  Lambert is charged with her murder.  The baby is in the custody of child services in Mexico and are coordinating his return.