A Houston man killed his girlfriend and called his sister for a ride before taking a nap. Now, he will remain behind bars for the rest of his life.
This month, a Harris County judge sentenced Jeffery Andre McDonald, 50, to life in prison for the killing and dismemberment of Rebecca Joy Suhrheinrich, 58. McDonald was found guilty and convicted by a jury of murder after a two-week trial.
On July 27, 2018, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 200 Block of Dominion Park Drive after receiving a 911 call at the victim’s apartment complex. The manager had forced his way into the residence and discovered a bloody and gory scene.
Suhrheinrich’s co-workers had requested a welfare check after she didn’t show up to work for two days.
Investigators found the apartment ransacked with blood on the floor and walls but did not find the victim’s body. However, a neighbor told authorities she heard a woman scream for help at Suhrheinrich’s apartment the night before, followed by a loud noise like a body thrown against a wall. In addition, McDonald was last seen driving the victim’s car after her demise.
Suhrheinrich had dated McDonald, who also lived in the same apartment complex for about a month before the incident.
“Domestic violence can impact any population, any income group, any race and any religion. It is an epidemic, and it can escalate to murder in a flash,” said District Attorney Kim Ogg.
According to prosecutors, the defendant had called his older sister to pick him up near Green’s Bayou the night of the murder. During the drive to her home. McDonald’s sister told investigators the defendant was acting strange and appeared untidy.
Soon after they arrived at her residence, the defendant took a nap. But when he woke up, McDonald asked to be taken back to the spot where he was picked up and took some bleach, Clorox wipes and latex gloves with him.
As a result, authorities found Suhrheinrich’s torso wrapped in a white bedsheet at the same location near Green’s Bayou.
Later, officers caught up with McDonald at the intersection of Lockwood Drive and 610 Loop, where he was arrested after the defendant had removed his clothes.
“The work done by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and our support staff at the DA’s Office was instrumental in getting justice for Ms. Suhrheinrich and her family. We appreciate the jury’s work and attention over the past two weeks, and were honored to give Ms. Suhrheinrich a voice during the trial,” saidAssistant District Attorney Chandler Raine.
McDonald had been a well-known entity to law enforcement officials due to previous misdemeanor and felony charges. Between 1998 and 2003, the defendant had been charged with assault causing bodily injury, evading arrest, unlawful carry of a weapon and other theft charges.