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Man who claimed he killed wife, daughter in self-defense charged

Police: Man claimed wife, daughter were trying to attack him with knives

Michael Ratliff
Michael Ratliff (HPD)

HOUSTON – A man who claimed he killed his wife and teen daughter in self-defense in June was charged in connection with their deaths Wednesday.

Houston police said that on June 16, 44-year-old Michael Ratliff shot his wife, 44-year-old Latoya Ratliff, and their daughter, 14-year-old Ariel Ratliff, at their Alkay Street home.

Michael Ratliff told investigators that he was forced to shoot his wife and daughter after they tried to attack him with knives.

After the shooting, a family member told KPRC2’s Samantha Ptashkin that the Ratliffs had marital issues.

According to court documents, Michael Ratliff was arrested Wednesday and charged with capital murder in connection with the case.

The document showed that Michael Ratliff was being held in jail without bond.


About the Author:

Aaron Barker has been a senior digital editor at KPRC 2 since 2016. As a meteorologist, he specializes in stories about the weather. He has covered Hurricane Harvey, the Astros first World Series win, the Santa Fe High School shooting, the ITC fire and Tropical Storm Imelda.