A Texas man is accused of using a machete, screwdriver, and other possible items to hack and stab his girlfriend to death in front of her two young daughters. The Dreamin’ Demon reports that John Dee Weter has been charged with murder after the horrific incident that took place on Thursday night.
KHOU News reports that an argument broke out between the two over whether or not they would go out or go grocery shopping. Michelle Becker, the 33-year-old victim, wanted to go grocery shopping, but Weter wanted to go out for the night. Over the course of the argument, tempers flared beyond control, and John Dee Weter physically assaulted the woman. The two young girls, ages 7 and 8, tried to get between the fighting couple but were unable to intervene when the woman’s boyfriend stabbed her with a screwdriver. That wasn’t the only weapon he used.
Weter allegedly hacked and slashed his girlfriend to death with a machete after stabbing her at least once. He also used a wrench and at least one other item to bludgeon the woman over the course of the attack. When he was finished, he sped away from the home, leaving the two young girls to scream in horror at what they witnessed.
A neighbor came to the rescue of the two young children and tried to assist the victim, who reportedly took one breath before succumbing to her injuries. Michelle Becker was pronounced dead at Kingwood Hospital in Montgomery County. The children have since been placed in the custody of their biological father.
John Dee Weter isn’t the only person accused of using a machete in a gruesome murder. The intimidating weapon has been used in numerous homicides in the United States — and domestic violence situations are no stranger to it, either. Back in April of this year, a Connecticut man was arrested and charged with domestic violence-related charges after he allegedly strangled his partner before brandishing a machete. The female victim was fortunate that authorities arrived in time. When he was arrested, he had a machete and at least one firearm on his person.
In October 2014, an Egg Harbor Township man assaulted his girlfriend and her 16-month-old son. When police came to arrest him, he threatened them with one of the notorious bladed weapons.
In May of this year, a man named Joshua Reynolds was convicted in the 2013 murder of 20-year-old Melissa Ann Lemery. The Tulsa man reportedly murdered the woman with a machete, before using a cinder block to bash her head in. He said he wanted to “put her out of her misery.”
[Photo: Montgomery County Sheriff mugshot]