Husband wanted in death of woman found in ditch dies from self-inflicted gunshot, police say

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
43-year-old's body found in a ditch with head gunshot wound, HPD said
The victim's mother said she heard about the brutal murder on the news, but never imagined the body found in a northeast Houston ditch would be her daughter.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man who was recently identified as the suspect in the deadly shooting of a woman found in a ditch back in September died in an apparent suicide, according to police.

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Crystal Barnes, 43, had been shot in the head before officers discovered her body on Sept. 20 in the 8000 block of Parkhurst Drive in northeast Houston, a medical examiner confirmed.

Police said the suspect, Joseph Williams, was found dead just three days later from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Williams was Barnes' common-law husband, according to HPD sergeants.

If you know any information regarding this case, you are urged to contact police at 713-308-3600.