Shackled House of Horrors suspect appears in court accused of beating to death his girlfriend’s non-verbal autistic eight-year-old son and leaving him to rot in apartment with boy’s two starving brothers
The boyfriend at the center of the Houston House of Horrors case made his first court appearance on Thursday to face a charge of felony murder for the beating death of his girlfriend’s eight-year-old son, whose skeletal remains were discovered over the weekend in an apartment alongside the boy’s three surviving brothers.
Brian Coulter, 31, clad in an orange jumpsuit was led into the courtroom in handcuffs and shackles, marking his first public appearance since his arrest on Tuesday.
A judge read the charge against Coulter aloud and asked the defendant if he understood it. Coulter repeated the charge he is facing back to the judge.
On Wednesday, the judge set Coulter’s bond at $1million, although he did not attended that earlier hearing because he was on a mental health hold.
During his first appearance, Coulter signed documents barring him from making any contact with his girlfriend Gloria Williams’ three surviving sons.
Brian Coulter, 31, made his initial court appearance in Houston on Thursday to face a charge a felony murder for the killing of his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son
Coulter acknowledged that he understood the felony murder charge, and signed documents barring him from contacting the victim’s siblings
If he is able to pay his $1million bond, Coulter will be required to wear a GPS monitor and remain under house arrest
Coulter (left) is accused of beating to death girlfriend Gloria Williams’ (right) son in November 2020 and leaving his body to rot in a Houston apartment with his siblings
Kendrick Lee, 8 (pictured in white) was said to have been punched and kicked all over his body until he stopped moving
If he makes bond, Coulter will be required to wear a GPS ankle monitor, remain under house arrest and avoid contacting Williams, reported KPRC.
Prosecutor Andrea Beall, who only handles child fatalities as part of her job, told KPRC this case stands out.
‘This is the only type of case I deal with, and I will say this particular case is such a gross deviation from what we expect human beings to behave like that it has been very emotional and taxing on the investigators, the DA’s office,,’ she said, ‘and the priority should be making sure that all the surviving children get the help they need.’
Williams, 35, has been charged with injury to a child by omission and tampering with evidence – a human corpse. A judge set her bond at $900,000 on Wednesday. She was due back in court on Friday, but her next appearance will likely be rescheduled for next week.
Williams appeared in Houston court on Wednesday and was ordered held on $900,000 bond
Law enforcement officials found William’s three surviving sons, ages 15, 10 and 7, living alone with the corpse of their brother at the CityParc II apartment complex in Houston
Kendrick’s skeletal remains were discovered by the police on Sunday inside an unfurnished Houston apartment with soiled carpet, flies and roaches, where his three starving brothers, ages 15, 10 and 7, had been living alone with no blankets and surviving on junk food deliveries from mom and handouts from neighbors for months.
Authorities on Wednesday alleged that Coulter punched and kicked Kendrick to death around Thanksgiving Day last year, and Williams refused to report him to the police, claiming she was afraid her children would be taken away and she would end up in jail.