Husband accused of killing wife of 40 years

Jesus Salas Leon has been charged with one count of first degree murder

February 16, 2010 2:05:41 PM PST
A 64-year-old man is accused of killing his estranged wife of more than 40 years. On 02-16-10, approximately 8:00am, Conroe Police officers responded to a reported disturbance with weapons at a residence in the 900 block of North First Street. Arriving officers met with a Montgomery County Sheriff's Department Deputy who had located a possible suspect at the residence. Conroe Police say Jesus Salas Leon and his wife, Eufemia Avila Bautista, had separated and were living separately with relatives. According to witnesses and family members there had been a history of arguments and disturbances since the separation.

Around 8am today, police say Leon traveled to his wife's residence in the 900 block of North First Street by bicycle, confronted Bautista and shot her several times.

Neighbors apparently heard the gunshots and went outside to investigate. They saw Leon trying to leave the scene. A neighbor flagged down a Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy who was traveling on North First Street. The deputy was able to detain Leon until Conroe Police officers arrived.

Montgomery County Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Trey Spikes pronounced the victim dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy.

Leon was transported to the Montgomery County where he was charged with one count of first degree murder.