Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office are calling a Nov. 3 incident a murder-suicide.
The slaying of a 66-year-old former Killeen school district teacher is now being investigated as a murder-suicide involving the man’s former wife, according to the Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office.
Harold Francis Leate Jr. was found dead with multiple stab wounds in front of his single-wide mobile home on County Road 3355 outside of Kempner at 3 p.m. Nov. 3.
According to sheriff’s office officials, Grace Elizabeth Leate, 52, who died late last week at Scott & White Medical Center-Temple following a drug overdose, is suspected of having stabbed Harold Leate before overdosing.
Grace and Harold Leate were previously married but divorced in 2014, officials said. Grace Leate, listed as Grace Bowker in the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry, was a registered offender in Lampasas County.
According to the registry, Grace Leate was convicted on charges of indecency with a 7-year-old boy by exposure and sentenced to five years in a state penitentiary. She was placed in the registry in July 2010.
Harker Heights police said Grace Leate was found unresponsive at 2:25 p.m. Nov. 3 in a hotel room in the 500 block of Pan American Drive and taken to Seton Medical Center. Grace Leate was believed to have checked into the hotel days before Harold Leate’s body was found.
Heights police reported to Grace Leate’s hotel room on a welfare check after hotel staff said she did not return phone calls to the room.
After initial treatment at Seton Medical Center, Grace Leate was transferred to Scott & White. Department officials said it was unclear if Grace Leate was employed at the time of the incident.
Upon responding to the hotel, Heights police notified Lampasas County officials, who later found Harold Leate’s body in front of the home that he and Grace Leate shared. No other family members are believed to have lived at the residence.
Harold Leate was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Andrew Garcia Jr.
A joint investigation between the sheriff’s office and the Texas Rangers is ongoing, but county officials said numerous firearms and knives were found in the residence where the stabbing appeared to occur. Officials said they do not know whether any of the knives recovered were used in the stabbing.
It is still unknown how the body ended up in the residence’s front yard or how long it had been there before being found. Officials said they have also not determined a motive or time of death.
No other suspects are being investigated, officials said, but forensic lab test results and autopsy results are pending.