Police say a 41-year-old man who had been kicked out of the house after an alleged assault returned to fatally stab his wife multiple times with a kitchen knife as she and her four children slept.
Abel Noe Dominguez was being held in the Mansfield Jail Monday night after being arrested on a murder warrant in the weekend death of Alma Garcia. Bond was set at $100,000. It was not immediately clear if Dominguez had an attorney.
Fort Worth homicide Sgt. J.D. Thornton said Dominguez got into the family's home early Sunday. Garcia had kicked Dominguez out after an alleged assault on her 18-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. Police said Dominguez had been issued a citation for assault by offensive contact or threat in connection with the alleged assault.
Garcia had changed the locks on the home.
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"He was able to get into the attic through the roof and then exit the attic into one of the children's bedrooms," Thornton said in Monday's online edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Garcia's daughter called for help Sunday morning after she couldn't awaken her mother.
Police responding to a report of a possibly suicidal man on a bridge over Interstate 20 found Dominguez with his wrists cut.
"They asked him why he wanted to kill himself," Thornton said. "He said, 'My wife left me."
Dominguez was taken into custody, treated at a hospital and then arrested.
He has two convictions from the mid-1990s for assault with bodily injury against Garcia.
Thornton said neighbors had previously seen Dominguez on the roof while the family was gone.
"He may have been trying to enter the house or make preparations. We do have some evidence that he was stalking them," Thornton said, declining to elaborate.