Already on bond for Agg Assault Family Violence, now he has killed his fiancée. The bond for that Agg Assault charge, with a firearm, was 40k. Which means he paid less than 4k (yes bondsman now take less than 10%) to get out, now she is dead. How many more people have to die at the hands of people out on bond for violent crimes?
Houston Chronicle Article written by Michela Garcia
Pamela Pratt lay dead in the passenger seat of her fiance's SUV, fatally stabbed in the neck and the chest, while he drove around trying to figure out how to deal with the violent outcome of a fight, he allegedly told authorities.
\It would be more than two hours before Kenneth B. Howard called police and told them he had killed the 39-year-old woman, according to details provided by a Harris County prosecutor at a probable cause hearing for the 61-year-old Houston man who was charged with murder.
Howard said he picked up Pratt about midnight Thursday and while on the way to his home a few blocks away, in the 4100 block of Sayers, near the Kashmere Gardens neighborhood, they began to argue, the prosecutor said. The argument turned physical and Howard said Pratt pulled out a knife.
Howard knocked it out of her hand and they then struggled over it, he told investigators. After he took control of the knife, he swung it and struck her four times in the neck and chest, the prosecutor said. Howard allegedly told authorities he did not think the knife blade was pointing at her when he swung and stabbed her the first time.
He allegedly told police "he must have lost his cool" after the first time he allegedly stabbed her, the prosecutor said.
Howard knew Pratt had died, he told police, then drove around in his Ford Expedition "trying to figure out how to handle it." He called authorities about 2:30 Friday morning.
Howard is in the Harris County Jail with no bond. He was out on bond in an aggravated assault case when Pratt was fatally stabbed. The victim in that case has the same last name as the dead woman but it is unclear if they are related.
Howard has a prior conviction in the 1980s of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.