Toddlers in apartment as man kills common-law wife: Texas cops

The Texas Sheriff's Office said a 27-year-old man killed his common-law wife while the couple's toddlers were in the apartment.

The Texas Sheriff’s Office said a 27-year-old man killed his common-law wife while the couple’s toddlers were in the apartment.

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When a 27-year-old man shot and killed his common-law wifetheir two young children were inside the apartment, says a Texas sheriff.

The man has since been charged with his shooting death, according to a Twitter feed from Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

Deputies were called to the apartment complex in northeast Houston shortly before 11 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, the sheriff said. When they arrived, the 24-year-old was found dead with an “apparent gunshot wound”.

Her common-law partner initially told investigators she “shot herself in an argument,” Gonzalez said, but he was later charged in the fatal shooting.

Authorities said the couple were fighting over the text messages found on man’s phoneaccording to the Houston Chronicle.

The couple’s 3-year-old daughter and 20-month-old son were unharmed and have since been returned to family members, Gonzalez tweeted.

The man was taken to Harris County Jail.

In Texas, a common law marriage is “a valid and legal way for a couple to marry” without the formalities of a traditional marriage, according to the Texas State Law Library. For a common-law marriage to be recognized, the couple must “agree to marry”, live together in Texas as husband and wife, and present themselves as married to others.

Kaitlyn Alanis is a McClatchy National Realtime Reporter based in Kansas. She is an alumnus of agricultural communication and journalism at Kansas State University.

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