Central Texas man pleads guilty to killing, decapitating wife

David Dauzat. (Jail photo)
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BELLMEAD, Texas (KWTX) A McLennan County man who was arrested after police say he stabbed his wife to death, decapitated her and stored her head in the family freezer pleaded guilty to murder Friday in 54th District Court.

David Dauzat, 24, pleaded guilty in connection with the death of Natasha Dauzat, 21, at the couple’s home in the 4300 block of Concord Road in Bellmead on Aug. 25, 2016.

She died of “sharp force injuries including decapitation,” according to an autopsy report.

McLennan County Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarrett said Dauzat pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 52 years in state prison.

He could be eligible for parole after he completes half that term.

Jarrett said he agreed to the plea deal because that’s what Natasha Dauzat’s family requested.

“They didn’t want to put the children through a trial and have them relive those memories,” Jarrett said.

Officers were sent to the couple’s home a little more than two hours before Natasha Dauzat was killed after receiving a call from Davie Dauzat’s brother at around 8:20 a.m. on Aug. 25, 2016.

The brother, whom police did not identify, “was concerned about…Davie’s well-being and wanted officers to locate and speak with Davie,” police said in a press release.

An officer and a supervisor located the couple’s residence and spoke with both David and Natasha Dauzat outside the trailer.

“There was no indication from Natasha or Davie that either of them was in distress or in need of police intervention at that time. They both appeared calm and expressed their curiosity why the police were there,” police said

Davie Dauzat’s brother called police again at around on Aug. 25, 2016 and said Davie had contacted him and told him that “he killed his girlfriend,” police said.

Officers were sent back to the mobile home park where they knocked on the door of the couple’s home.

David Dauzat opened and then closed the door, police said.

He appeared to have blood on his body and clothing, they said.

Officers from Bellmead and surrounding communities set up a perimeter around the park evacuating other residents from the area, some of whom weren’t allowed to return to their homes until late in the night.

They then made contact with the Dauzat, whom they were able to convince to surrender.

The man had two children, ages 1 and 2, with him inside the trailer, Martin said.

Authorities took custody of the couple’s two children, who were later turned over to a relative.

Natasha Dauzat attended La Vega schools, according to residents who said they knew her.

She and her husband had just recently moved back from Louisiana, they said.