Man accused in girlfriend’s fatal stabbing pleaded guilty to separate stabbing in 2021

HOUSTON – Houston police said a woman was found stabbed to death at an apartment complex in northeast Houston Saturday.

It happened around 7:12 p.m. in the 2400 block of Sakowitz Street at the New Hope Housing apartment complex

Officers responded to an assault call and found the woman dead with multiple stab wounds.

Police believe this to be a case of domestic violence as the woman’s boyfriend is the suspect and he fled from the scene.

Authorities said a warrant has been issued for the suspect’s arrest. Police identified the suspect as Marques Kelvin Potts, 58. He has a lengthy criminal history, according to records. In 2021 he pled guilty to stabbing a different woman.

He didn’t serve time in jail, but he has been on probation.

Previous mugshot of Marques Kelvin Potts (Houston Police Department)

Neighbors are concerned knowing he’s on the run.

“I hope they catch him,” said a neighbor who asked to be anonymous.

The circumstance leading up to the woman’s death are unclear, but police said it stemmed from domestic violence. KPRC 2 spoke with Dr. Conte Terrell who is the Founder and CEO of Fresh Spirit Wellness. She said services at her organization went up 200% during the pandemic and have remained steady.

“We do know that domestic violence is a pattern and it’s about power and control. Typically death is not the very first incident, it has build,” said Dr. Terrell.

Dr. Terrell said women typically return to their abusers seven times. Money, living situations and children can play a factor.

“We really advocate getting some professional help. Family and friends try to help, but there are safety plans and safety measures that need to be taken,” said Terrell.

For now, it is unclear where the wanted man could be.

“I hope he does some time before he comes back out here and could do it again. For her, since she’s gone I’m sorry that that happened and my condolences goes to the family,” said an anonymous neighbor.

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