Man charged with killing estranged wife, carpenter working in her home

A Houston man was charged with fatally stabbing his estranged wife and a carpenter who was installing cabinets in her mobile home, authorities said.

Brian Kenneth Bullock, 34, was arrested Sunday and is now facing capital murder charges in the killings of Michelle Bullock, 29, and Mark Keil, 56, outside a mobile home in Tomball, KPRC reports.

Michelle Bullock, a mother of three, had obtained an order of protection earlier this year against Brian Bullock, who later surrendered to deputies at a Harris County Sheriff’s Office substation. Investigators said Bullock had stalked his estranged wife several times prior to Sunday’s double homicide.

Bullock had previously told her neighbors to be on the lookout for Brian Bullock, who was arrested on misdemeanor assault charges in June after he allegedly pushed her, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Bullock was later sentenced to two months in jail before being released in August. He was expected to return for a court appearance in December, records show.

“A tragic case of domestic violence,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. “October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but let’s not forget this is an issue going on all year. A deadly issue that affects so many lives in our community. Let’s continue to spread awareness & help prevent abuse.”

Gonzalez said the Bullocks’ three children were at another location at the time of the killings.

It was unclear whether Bullock had a relationship with Keil aside from installing cabinetry in her mobile home, sheriff spokesman Thomas Gilliland told the Chronicle.

Bullock remained held without bail as of Monday and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday, jail records show. It’s unclear whether he’s hired an attorney.

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