Houston (KTRK) — A Texas man is accused of stabbing his girlfriend several times, then throwing her off a balcony-- all in front of her four young children. The victim died later at the hospital, and the boyfriend is now in jail being held without bond.
Felicia Courtney-Barrios was 31. The mother of four died at the hands of a man she loved.
"We heard her screaming like horrifically, then all of the sudden, it stopped," said a witness.
On Saturday July 5 just before dark, law enforcement sources said Felicia and boyfriend Bardo Bustos had a fight. He grabbed a tool from a kitchen drawer, stabbed her several times and threw her over the balcony of their second story apartment.
As witnesses called 911, Bustos continued. Sources tell us Bustos went downstairs, stomped on his girlfriend's head, then tried to remove her teeth with pliers.
"The hate he had in his eyes, you should've seen what we saw," a witness told KTRK.
Felicia's four young children witnessed the bloody violence from inside the apartment in the 6400 block of Sloan.
"I hid the kids in my bathroom because I'm thinking, okay, once he finishes with her, he's gonna come after the kids," said a neighbor.
Felicia's father, blind-sided by her death, said he never knew Bustos to be aggressive or violent. In fact, he was with them during the afternoon of July 5th. the last timehe would see his daughter alive.
"I'm out of tears. I'm out of rage. there's no kind of justice that will bring my daughter back," stated her father.
Bustos was charged with aggravated assault after his girlfriend was taken to the hospital, but since she has died, authorities plan to elevate the charge to murder.