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Texas woman kills boyfriend as he slept then cuts his body to pieces in front of her daughter

The Baytown Police Department in Texas has charged a woman with the

murder of her boyfriend.



Police say 30-year-old Cierra Alexis Sutton fatally shot her

boyfriend, 32-year-old Steven Coleman as he slept and then dismembered

his body inside their home.



The gruesome crime took place on Aug. 16 at an apartment complex in

the Houston suburb of Baytown. Friends reportedly say Sutton confessed

and told them her ten-year-old daughter was in the living room at the

time.



Detectives say Sutton and the victim had gotten into an argument the

evening of the killing. Later, while the victim was sleeping, Sutton

allegedly fatally shot him in the head.

She then allegedly dismembered the remains with a machete, wrapped

them in sheets and duct tape, loaded them into her Jeep and disposed

of them at different dumpsters.



On August 18, Sutton herself then filed a missing person report. She

showed up at a police station and said she'd last seen Coleman two

days earlier, that is the day of the killing, and that he'd left home

around 10:30 p.m. She pretended not to know anything and was even

trying to call him, a neighbor said.



Coleman's car was still parked at the complex, and family and friends

told police they hadn't heard from him. Witnesses said they had seen

him moving furniture out of the couple's apartment before his

disappearance and one friend told investigators Coleman had once said

if he ever disappeared, police should investigate his girlfriend.

According to the Chronicle, police searched the couple's apartment

about a week after the disappearance and found it "mostly vacant" with

blood traces scattered across the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom.



Then on August 22, a male torso believed to be Coleman's was

discovered at a Baytown landfill. DNA has not positively identified

the remains, but police say it matches the description of Coleman.

Sutton reportedly said she would talk to Baytown police about the

disappearance before Hurricane Harvey struck the area, but she never

showed up.



With the help of an anonymous tip, police tracked her to a New Orleans

suburb, where she had allegedly fled with her daughter.

She was arrested there Thursday and charged with murder.

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