Man who stabbed wife more than 100 times says he 'just lost it'

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by Nakia Cooper / KHOU.com

KMOV.com

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM

HOUSTON—A Houston man charged in the fatal stabbing of his wife appeared in a Harris County courthouse overnight. Investigators said Lawrence Clinton Chambers, 40, viciously stabbed 43-year-old Jemal Lockridge Chambers more than 100 times. He's also accused of beating his stepson with a frying pan.

Chambers is charged with murder and injury to a child.

Jemal Chambers and her 13-year-old son were found covered in blood at their home in the 2800 block of Tidewater on February 3.

Mrs. Chambers’ 14-year-old daughter stayed at her grandmother’s house that weekend and had become worried after not hearing from her mom. She arrived home around 11 p.m. Sunday, but did not see her mom’s car in the driveway. The burglar bars were locked and all was quiet. When she went inside, she found her mom's body in the bedroom and went running to the neighbors for help.

“I saw the look on that little girl’s face and she’ll have nightmares for the rest of her life,” Robert Chavis, the neighbor, said.

Mrs. Chambers was pronounced dead at the scene. Her son was rushed to Texas Children’s Hospital in serious condition. He suffered blunt force trauma to the head, cuts with a knife and disfigurement to the face.

The only person missing was Lawrence Chambers and the family vehicle. He turned himself in Monday after confessing to his brother, investigators said.

Lawrence Chambers told his brother that his wife came at him with a knife and he “just lost it,” documents state. Chambers also told his brother that he could not remember what he did to his stepson.

Court documents detailed what happened that night.

Investigators said Jemal Chambers had tried to lock herself in the bedroom, but her husband forced his way inside, breaking the door frame. Once inside, he stabbed her 119 times, with most of the knife wounds to the back of the head.

He hit his stepson so hard with the frying pan that it shattered.

The knife and the skillet were both recovered at the scene.

Chambers is now being held without bond.  An order of protection was issued on behalf of the 13-year-old boy.

Chambers has a criminal past and had already served 10 years in prison for a prior conviction.

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