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Corrections Officer Minnie R. Houston | Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

Corrections Officer

Minnie R. Houston

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, June 3, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Died in prison

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Corrections Officer Minnie Houston was stabbed to death while on duty.

She was supervising seven inmate trustees at the dining hall of the maximum security Ellis I Unit when she was attacked by an inmate with a 15-inch kitchen knife. She attempted to disarm the inmate but was stabbed eight times and killed.

The suspect was sentenced to death for Officer Houston's murder but died in prison in 2000.

Officer Houston prevented the escape of two death row inmates the previous year as they attempted to jump a prison fence.

Officer Houston had served with the agency for almost 6 years. She was survived by her three sons.

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I never knew Minnie Houston but I was a TDC officer who ate at the Ellis 1 ODR during my TDC Training Academy. I was inspired by her courage and professionalism. Later on, when I was working in Colorado, and assigned to security I tried to stay close tho the chow hall so I could get there quickly. Coincidentally, the Food Service Officer working by herself in the Chow Hall was Sgt. Houston.......

Retired Correctional Officer Ted Carr
May 5, 2017


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