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Man accused of killing wife found dead in Harris County jail cell

Benjamin Pierce was accused of stabbing his wife on Friday. He was found unresponsive in a holding cell Saturday morning with no indicators of trauma, the sheriff stated.

HOUSTON — The man accused of stabbing his wife to loss of life in west Harris County has died whereas in custody, based on Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

Benjamin Pierce, 37, was unresponsive in a holding cell on Saturday and was taken to a hospital the place he was pronounced dead, Gonzalez stated.

Pierce was charged with homicide in reference to the killing of 41-year-old Leslie Ann Pierce. She was a instructor with Katy ISD, based on deputies.  

There had been no obvious indicators of trauma or foul play and Benjamin Pierce was in a single-man cell, based on the sheriff.

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Leslie Pierce’s killing occurred Friday morning in the 3200 block of Painted Meadow Circle close to Fry Road. Deputies stated a person known as authorities claiming he’d stabbed his wife. 

The couple’s 7-year-old boy was at dwelling when the stabbing occurred, however he wasn’t harmed.

A motive for Leslie Pierce’s killing has not been launched, however investigators consider it stemmed from a home incident. 

The Houston Police Department will examine Benjamin Pierce’s in-custody loss of life, Gonzalez stated. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences will work to find out the trigger.

Because Benjamin Pierce died whereas in custody, HCSO’s Internal Affairs Division is trying into the incident, which is normal process, sheriff’s office representatives stated in an announcement.

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