Deputies said 39-year-old Benjamin Pierce killed his wife Leslie Ann Pierce Friday morning.
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Investigators said Leslie Ann was an educator with Katy ISD.
The couple’s 7-year-old child was inside the home on Painted Meadow Circle and deputies said he may have witnessed the assault.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Benjamin had been placed in a single-man holding cell and was found unresponsive at about 4:30 a.m.
Jail staff tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
There were no apparent signs of trauma or foul play, according to Gonzalez.
An outside law enforcement agency will be investigating the jail death.
This morning, inmate Benjamin Pierce (39), became unresponsive in a holding cell. Lifesaving measures were attempted, he was transported to a hospital and pronounced deceased. No apparent signs or trauma or foul play. The majority of time he was in a single-man cell. In
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) May 21, 2022
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