David Dauzat was sentenced to 52 years in prison for beheading his wife Natasha.
A Texas man was sentenced to 52 years in prison on Friday after he admitted to beheading his wife in front of her children.
David Dauzat, 24, pleaded guilty to the 2016 death of his wife Natasha Dauzat, 21, who was found with dozens of stab wounds. Dauzat agreed to the plea deal after Natasha’s family requested to prevent children from reliving the horrific incident if the case went to trial, KWTX reported.
“They didn’t want to put the children through a trial and have to relive those memories,” McLennan County Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarrett said.
(McLennan County Jail)
The police went to the couple’s mobile home in Bellmead, a city just northwest of Waco, in August 2016, after a concerned family member requested a welfare check. Police officers spoke to David, and Natasha Dauzat outside their trailer, which appeared “calm and expressed their curiosity as to why the police was there.”
But two hours later, the relative called the police, saying: he received a phone call from David Dauzat, who told him: “he killed his girlfriend,” according to KWTX.
The police found Dauzat with blood on his clothes at the trailer. Dauzat had decapitated his wife and their two children, ages 1 and 2, were in the trailer. He placed her head in the freezer.
The children were not injured in the incident.
The police said that the woman died from “sharp-force injury, including decapitation.”
Dauzat, there must be at least 26 years of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
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