Corrections Officer Minnie R. Houston

Corrections Officer Minnie R. Houston

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Monday, June 3, 1985

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Minnie R. Houston

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.

Bio

  • Age 41
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Died in prison

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AS I SIT HERE IN THANKING GOD FOR THE TRUE BLESSING THAT HE BESTOWED UPON MRS.MINNIE RENE SIMMONS FAMILY AND ALSO THE BUTLER FAMILY OF LOLA BELL SMITH BUTLER OF TRINITY,TX WHICH IS MY DEAR GRANDMOTHER THAT I LOVE AND MISS BOTH OF THEM DEARLY,I WAS 13 YRS OLD WHEN THIS TRANSITION OF LIFE JOURNEYS HAD INDIVIDUALLY BLESSED EACH FAMILY LOVE ONES WITH THE FRUITS OF LIFE BY HONORING BOTH LEGACY'S IN LIFE AND DEATH BY NUTURING MY WELL-BEING BY HUMBLING MY SPIRIT WITH THE SOFT SPOKEN VOICE OF MY DEAR MOTHER NAMED AFTER HER MOTHER WHICH IS LOLA GAYNELL BUTLER-PICKAREE. I PERSONALLY WILL LIKE TO SAY , IT IS A HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO BE A PART OF A TRUE LEGACY OF GODLY,BEAUTIFUL, AND BOLDLY WOMEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE FENCE. EVERY MORNING I LOOK AT MY MOTHER AND MY AUNT RUTH, 'IN REMEMBERANCE OF MY AUNT JOYCE, AUNT CHERRY,UNCLE LEROY,UNCLE ROY. I SEE YOUR BEAUTIFUL SMILE THROUGH THEM EACH AND EVERY MORNING REMINDING ME OF MY BLESSINGS FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. THANK YOU ALL FOR LETTING ME SHARE THIS BLESSED MOMENT WITH FAMILY, SINCERELY,

LAWRENCE PICKAREE

FAMILY
SMITH,BUTLER,PICKAREE

June 10, 2021

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