More needs to be done to protect domestic violence survivors, Crime Stoppers says

HOUSTON – A 58-year-old man was charged in the murder of his 29-year-old wife, who investigators found dead inside a commercial freezer in Houston. Community leaders are calling for more to be done to help domestic violence survivors, who are suffering from violent partners that may be out on bond.

Harris County Sheriff’s deputies said Curtis Allen Holliday killed his wife, Chi Thi Lien Le, who has been missing since April 3. Holliday, who has been in a Harris County jail since May 5, after being charged with violating a bond for a protective order and continuous violence against a family member, was interviewed by investigators in connection to his wife’s disappearance.

“Her death was a tragedy, yet it was so utterly preventable,” said Andy Kahan, the Director of Victim Services and Advocacy for Crime Stoppers.

Tracking Cases Down

Kahan has been tracking this case and dozens of cases like this in hopes to advocate for the victims of these crimes.

According to Kahan, Chi Le was at least the 34th victim in the last two years who has been murdered by a defendant out on felony bond and who had violated the conditions on that bond.

“That is a public safety nightmare,” he said.

Kahan said too many times, a person is harmed or killed by their violent spouse or partner, who is out on bond and perhaps even broke bond conditions.