Bond set at $300K for Kingwood man accused of killing his wife following 5-hour standoff

The man accused of killing his wife following a five-hour standoff last weekend faced a judge on Monday.

James Paul Anderson, a 37-year-old Santa Fe Middle School employee, is facing a murder charge.

On Sunday, officials said he shot and killed his wife while their young son was in their home on Vista Ridge in Kingwood.

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The child was able to get out and is said to be OK, but Anderson’s refusal to surrender for five hours led to a SWAT standoff. He was eventually taken into custody without further incident.

Officials say the couple had a history of violence.

As for Anderson, Cleveland ISD released a statement saying he’s been placed on administration leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

His bond was set at $300,000. He’s due back in court on Tuesday.

Trauma therapist gives advice

Abuse victims’ advocates say the history of domestic abuse that officials mentioned is a loud sign of imminent danger.

“Clearly just another case of senseless tragedy now a child doesn’t have parents,” said Chau Nguyen, JEM Wellness & Counseling Center, and trauma therapist.

Nguyen is sounding the alarm on what seems to be a growing problem.

“We do know a few things about domestic violence murders. They have quadrupled in Harris County in the last 4 years according to some reports. Two-thirds of all domestic violence murders are committed with a gun,” Nguyen said.

Those are some reasons why she wants to remind anyone suffering, or who knows someone suffering domestic abuse about the unsettling statistics.

“When there’s a history of domestic violence and there’s a gun in the home, you’re more likely to have that gun used against you,” she added.

In the Andersons’ case, officials say there was a divorce pending. Nguyen said leaving is the most dangerous time in a relationship so it’s important to have a safety plan that can be created by professionals.

“What kinds of bags you’re going to pack? What’s going to be in the bag? When you’re going to leave? If there’s a gun in the house? Who you’re going to talk to? What the code word might be,” Nguyen said.

For help creating a safety plan, click here.

In an effort to help victims, KPRC 2 News created a series, “Breaking Free,” reporting on domestic-related violence and its horrific consequences. The series showcased various stories of survival, heartache, and some even ending in death, but each shared a list of free domestic violence resources on how to get help.

Do you know someone in need of help? KPRC 2 released the following features in “Breaking Free.”

Help is also available immediately if you need it through the following numbers:

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