Man accused of killing wife: "She had it coming"

May 17, 2010 4:57:31 AM PDT
A man accused of shooting his pregnant wife in front of their three children said strong words as he was hauled off to jail Sunday night.

A capital murder charge is pending against 37-year-old Michael McDougall. At this point, police don't have a motive.

"She had it coming," McDougall responded Sunday night after someone asked why he allegedly killed his 31-year-old wife, Jennifer McDougall.

Investigators say he shot his wife in front of their home on Autumn Breeze in northwest Harris County Sunday morning.

Neighbors heard gunshots and screaming.

"We heard her scream, 'Oh no!'" neighbor Judy Harr said. "That's definitely what we heard, and then it was just terrifying screaming. Not even like a human. Not like a human even."

Neighbors say Jennifer McDougall was six and a half months pregnant with their fourth child. The other three children, ages 2, 4 and 8, were inside the house. But officers said their father brought them outside after the shooting.

Authorities say the doors to the family SUV were open when they got there.

"We don't know who was leaving, whether she was leaving or wether he was leaving," Harris County Sgt. Curtis Brown said.

Deputies say it appears someone tried to move the body but didn't get far. Before the shooting, neighbors across the street tried to step in to help. But once they saw a gun, they retreated into their house.

"This is really, really sad," said Steve Hochanadel, a co-worker Michael McDougall.

Hochanadel said both of their families moved here from Denver in the last six months and work as petroleum engineers for the same oil and gas company.

"He's a solid engineer, very bright guy," Hochanadel said.

While Hochanadel says work is often stressful, he says the man police now have in custody has always been an active father and pleasant neighbor.

"I came out, the police were here, and I saw who they had, and I was pretty upset about it -- the whole thing," Hochanadel said.

Also upset are neighbors along this street; they wonder why anyone would want to kill an expecting mother so violently.

"Causes you to wonder if you could've done something different to help," neighbor Robert Harr said.

The medical examiner's office took the victim's body to perform an autopsy, and CPS, along with a school nurse, have been staying with the children at neighbors' homes.


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