‘I Wish I Was Sorry But I’m Not’: Wife Killed Husband Over Kids, Police Say
Texas woman was charged on Saturday with killing her husband, which she admitted to doing to allegedly protect her children.
Police and Fire Rescue responded to reports of gunshots at a home in Odessa, Texas, at around 6:20 p.m. local time on the day, according to NewsWest9. Once there, they found a male victim, 58-year-old Joe Abril, with numerous gunshot wounds, including multiple to his chest and one to the back of his head. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment but soon succumbed to his injuries.
Police later arrested their main suspect: Abril’s wife, 37-year-old Stephanie Tuell, whom police had found in the front yard when they arrived on the scene. She was booked at the Ector County Law Enforcement Center and received a charge of first-degree murder for knowingly and intentionally killing her husband. Her bond was set at $100,000.
Tuell, for her part, appeared to have no remorse over the incident, claiming to police that she had killed Abril to protect her children. “I wish I was sorry but I’m not,” Tuell said while being arrested, later adding, “No one messes with my kids.”
First-degree murder charges in Texas can carry an eventual sentence of anywhere between five and 99 years in prison. Courts can also choose to level a maximum fine of $10,000.