Bayou Body Count: A Case Of Bad Timing

Some people simply don't have good timing.

Such was the case for 35-year-old Christina Stonebarger.

On Sunday, Stonebarger and her friend Michelle Stansel, 36, were hanging out in Stonebarger's room at a motel at 12600 South Main, where both women lived. For some reason, police say, the two friends started arguing at about 5 a.m. when suddenly Stonebarger grabbed a knife and plunged it into Stansel's chest, killing Stansel.

Stonebarger then fled.

As time clicked by, Stonebarger thought it might be safe to return home. How wrong she was. When she got back to her motel, the cops were there investigating the murder. It was an easy collar. Stonebarger was arrested and charged with murder, police say.

And speaking of bad timing, Joe Fernandes of Sugar Land picked the wrong moment to go shopping on Monday night.

Fernandes, 54, was at the Siesta Food Mart at 390 Aldine Bender when three men wearing dark clothes entered the store. It was a robbery. But it didn't take long for things to go from bad to worse. During the stick-up, one of the robbers shot and killed Fernandes, police say. Then the three crooks jumped in a late-model gold or tan car and drove away. It does not appear as though the police have any suspects at this time.

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A son's love for his mother knows no bounds. He'd even kill for her, right?

At least one 21-year-old son would, according to police.

Just before 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Bruce Simmons, 49, was fighting with his girlfriend at 6360 Skyline Drive when her son decided he had seen enough. He came to defense and stabbed Simmons once in the chest, police say. Simmons died shortly thereafter at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

A Harris County grand jury will look at the case to determine whether the son should be charged.

Also on Friday night, two friends were meeting at 15703 Old Humble Road to discuss the recent burglary of one of their homes a few weeks ago. They had plans to go confront the robber, police say, when suddenly bullets started whizzing into the house. A shot caught one of the men in the leg; another fatally struck his friend. Police are still investigating. 

If you have any information concerning these investigations please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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