Mug shot: Twin claims he was sleeping when he stabbed 17-year-old sister, prosecutors say

HOUSTON – KPRC 2 Investigates is learning new details Thursday about a deadly stabbing in which authorities said a twin brother stabbed his 17-year-old sister to death.

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The bond for Benjamin Elliott is set at $100,000. He is charged with murder. He didn’t appear in Harris County court Thursday, as he’s in the mental health unit.

The Elliott family released a statement to KPRC 2 Investigates about the incident through their attorney William Weston Rucker III, PLLC.

“We are still gathering all of the facts and details of this tragedy. There is no question Benjamin loved his sister very much. They were extremely close and the best of friends. The family is asking for privacy as they process this heartbreaking event.”

KPRC 2 Investigates received these photos from the family via their lawyer.

Meghan Elliott and Benjamin Elliott (Family photo via KPRC 2 Investigates)
Meghan Elliott and Benjamin Elliott (Family photo via KPRC 2 Investigates)
Benjamin Elliott and Meghan Elliott (Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

On Thursday, prosecutors said Benjamin Elliott admitted to stabbing his sister in the neck, but claims he was dreaming/sleeping at the time his sister, Meghan Elliott was stabbed multiple times.

Benjamin Elliott mugshot (HCSO)

“The defendant stated after realizing he was not dreaming, he removed the knife and placed it next to the complainant, turned on the light to the bedroom and applied pressure to the wound with a pillow,” a prosecutor read.

KPRC Legal Analyst Brian Wice said he had questions about that defense.

“Number one did this young man ingest any controlled substance or medication that kept him from acting or thinking rationally and two did he have any existing or preexisting psychological or psychiatric issues,” Wice said.

They say when he realized it wasn’t a dream and he had stabbed his sister, he called 911 and the operator told him to perform CPR. Then, he alerted his parents, who can be heard screaming on the 911 call.

“Seven minutes into the 911 call, the defendant calls out to his parents who are heard yelling and crying in the background,” a prosecutor read.

The stabbing was reported around 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday in the 4100 block of Brown Meadow Court in west Harris County.

See KPRC 2′s initial report.


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