Man accused of killing wife appears in court

May 17, 2010 10:32:31 AM PDT
A pregnant woman was shot to death allegedly by her husband and this morning, he faced a judge on capital murder charges.

It happened yesterday afternoon on Autumn Breeze in northwest Harris County.

Michael McDougall appeared before a judge around 4am. The judge read his charge of capital murder and ordered him to remain in jail without bond.

McDougall, 37, is accused of repeatedly shooting his pregnant wife, Jennifer, in the abdomen on Sunday in the family's driveway. Neighbors say Jennifer McDougall, 31, was six and half months pregnant with the couple's fourth child.

Deputies say McDougall may have led their other three children ages, 2, 4 and 8 to the family's station wagon after the shooting.

Because the shooting happened early on Sunday morning, there were a lot of neighbors and witnesses who told Eyewitness News they heard everything.

"I heard one shot and screams, terrible screams and we kind of thought when it happened quickly, we thought there was an animal fight from the pitch in the screaming," neighbor Judy Harr said.

The only words we've heard directly from McDougall so far came as he was being walked into jail. He said, "She had it coming."

The reason for the domestic dispute is unknown at this time.

The case is set in the 263rd district court. McDougall told the judge this morning that he plans to hire his own attorney.


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