Husband charged with murdering wife dies in Harris County Jail

By George Slaughter, News Editor
Posted 5/20/22

Benjamin Pierce, charged with murder in the stabbing death of his wife Leslie Ann Pierce, died Saturday morning at the Harris County Jail, sheriff’s deputies said.

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Husband charged with murdering wife dies in Harris County Jail

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Benjamin Pierce, charged with murder in the stabbing death of his wife Leslie Ann Pierce, died Saturday morning at the Harris County Jail, sheriff’s deputies said.

Pierce was found unresponsive in his cell. Deputies said lifesaving measures were taken but unsuccessful. Pierce was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies said Pierce was in a single-man cell for most of the time he was in custody. No apparent signs of trauma or foul play were found. Deputies said an independent investigation would be performed, as required by state law.

Deputies said Pierce, 39, told them Friday that he stabbed his wife. The stabbing occurred in the 3200 block of Painted Meadow Circle near Fry Road.

The couple have a seven-year-old child who was inside the residence when the incident occurred. Deputies said the child was unharmed.

Deputies said the couple argued about a divorce and child custody before the incident.