Katy ISD employee fatally stabbed by husband while 7-year-old in home, HCSO says

KATY, Texas – The woman fatally stabbed by her husband at their west Harris County home Friday morning has been identified as an employee with the Katy Independent School District, officials said.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to an in-progress call in the 3200 block of Painted Meadow Circle around 8:19 a.m.

Upon arrival, 37-year-old Benjamin Pierce told deputies that he had stabbed his wife, Leslie Ann Pierce.

The 39-year-old woman’s body was located in the foyer. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies also located and learned that the couple’s 7-year-old child was inside the residence and may have witnessed the assault. The child was not physically harmed.

Investigators said before calling 911, the husband called a family member, admitting to stabbing his wife. Officials said the family member and a woman then drove to the suspect’s home.

Investigators took the husband into custody for questioning, at which time, it was learned the couple had been arguing about divorce and child custody that morning.

Homicide investigators presented the case to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office who accepted a charge of murder against Benjamin Pierce. He was booked into the Harris County Jail.

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