Texas man found in bed with the bodies of the wife and children he’d just killed

COPPERAS COVE, TX – A man from the hill country area of Texas allegedly killed his family, and was found laying in bed with their bodies.

27-year-old Bryan Richardson of Copperas Cove, Texas, near both Austin and Killeen (Fort Hood) allegedly stabbed his wife and their two children to death over the weekend, and lay in bed with the three dead bodies.

Police responded to the Richardson home on a welfare check and found him covered in blood, lying next to the dead body of his wife, Kiera, and their two young children. 

Texas man found in bed with bodies of wife and children he’d just killed
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According to a criminal complaint, Copperas Cove police officers asked Richardson what happened and he responded he didn’t know. 

The report also indicated that police also found a blood-covered kitchen knife on a table, an empty six-pack of beer and an empty bottle of prescribed antidepressants.

Police also found the family’s dog in a pool of blood in the kitchen. 

The motive for Richardson’s alleged acts has not been disclosed.  He has been charged with three counts of murder and is being held in jail on $2.25 million bond.

In other shocking news, a Lancaster, California, man was arrested for Friday allegedly killing and decapitating his son and daughter.  It gets worse. 

The children were decapitated, and the man’s two other children were forced to cohabitate with the dead bodies for five days before the crime was discovered.

Firefighters initially responded to a possible gas leak at the house in the 45000 block of Century Circle after 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Upon entering, they discovered the bodies of a 12-year-boy and 13-year-old girl, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Lancaster Station deputies were immediately summoned to the scene, where they “learned that the deceased male and female both appeared to be suffering from lacerations and stab wounds,” the release states.

Detectives subsequently arrested Maurice Taylor Sr., who police described as a black 34-year-old male, for “the murder of his 12-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter.”

He was booked at Lancaster station and is being held with a bail of $2 million.

In what seems like a chain of horrible events, a young Tupelo, Mississippi model and mother of two was allegedly run over and killed by the father of her youngest child last weekend.

Family and friends are remembering her as an “angel” this week. 

Brittany Phillips, 26, was pronounced dead after being struck by a vehicle and taken to a nearby hospital on Saturday, November 28. 

Angel Boatright, Brittany Phillips’ friend, told WCBI Tupelo:

“Brittany was the kind of person that once you had just one conversation with her, you realized she just wasn’t all looks. … She had so many of her own opinions. She would do anything to improve anybody’s situation or anything they were going through.”

Phillips’ mother, Stacie, is remembering her late daughter as “a successful model, aspiring student, and a loving mother to two children.”

James Heath Kitchens, 30, was charged with manslaughter in the death of Brittany Phillips and then released on a $25,000 bond.

Kitchens is reportedly the father of Phillips’ youngest child, a 10-month old, whom the pair shared photos together with on social media.

He is a former police officer in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he worked from January 2019 until May 2020, the department told WCBI.

Deputies from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and officers from Oktibbeha County police were called to Riviera Road, where Phillips was struck around 8 p.m. following what police have described as a domestic dispute.

Rachel Phelps, a close friend of Phillips, told WCBI:

“That was the mother of his child that he ran over.

“He’d been abusive. There are so many people that know what she’s been going through for a long time and we just want justice for her and her babies because he took their mother from them.”

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Police: Florida man stabs woman in the eyes, breaks his mother’s arms, throws baby through a window

December 18, 2020

FT LAUDERDALE, FL – In one of the most disturbing cases to date, a Fort Lauderdale man allegedly went on a rampage, drastically assaulting two women and a child.  The details are beyond disturbing.

Brutal Florida man stabs woman in the eyes, breaks his mother’s arms, throws baby through a window
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The man screamed at a woman, demanding to know what she did with his mother. But she was his mother. 

The woman reportedly slipped in a puddle of her own blood as she tried to escape from her son, Pierre Francois, as his girlfriend held onto their child in the next room.

Police say that Francois clubbed the woman with a two-by-four piece of lumber. 

Francois’ mother, whose name was not released, escaped the home and ran to neighbor for help. Both her arms were fractured and her thumb dislocated. 

Those injuries sound incredibly disturbing, but what happened with his girlfriend and their baby is worse.

Court records allege that Francois cut his girlfriend’s throat,  then repeatedly stabbed her in the eyes, blinding her. 

Records also show that it appears that he bit off the nose of his one-year-old daughter before throwing her through a window.

Broward County Sheriff’s Deputies reported that the one-year-old baby girl was found lying face-down in the yard of the family’s home.

Francois’ girlfriend and child are hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The baby’s mother is not expected to be able to see again.  She also has a lacerated trachea and liver among other injuries. 

The baby is intubated and has traumatic brain injuries and is unresponsive.

Francois, who is 29-years-old, is in jail on two counts of attempted felony murder and one charge of felony aggravated assault.

Sergeant Don Pritchard of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office explained:

“The infant suffers from what appears to be a skull fracture, as well as it appears that (her) nose was bitten off. 

“This was a very, very gruesome scene that the deputies encountered, and it was caused by a family member.”

Francois’ mother told police her son is a diagnosed schizophrenic and has not been taking his medication.

She said she believes her son may have been having an episode, according to the arrest report. She also stated he could have been under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the attack.

Francois’ mother told investigators that she awoke in the early morning to find her son punching the walls and doors of the house, where they’ve lived for about five years.

She told him to stop or he would hurt himself, but he turned his rage on her — striking her repeatedly with the large piece of wood.

She tried to use her forearms to deflect the blows, resulting in injuries to both arms and her face.

Francois’ mother said she could hear the young woman scream “don’t hit us,” when he turned on his girlfriend and daughter, according to court records.

That’s when his mother escaped and ran for help, banging on a neighbor’s door.

The neighbor, who asked that she not be identified because of concerns for her safety, rushed the woman in and called 911.

Deputies arrived about 6 a.m. to find the child face-down in the front yard and Francois leaving the home.

Records say when deputies ordered him to stop, he assumed a fighting stance before running away.

Authorities found a knife on the floor just inside the doorway of the home.

Francois was arrested and taken to Broward Health Medical Center. He had cuts to his legs and shoulders. The report did not indicate whether he had wounded himself.

As for the neighbor, she told police that she is still processing what she witnessed that day.

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