Brian Coulter, 31, is seen in a booking photo after his November 23, 2020, arrest on a gun possession charge in Luling, Texas
Just days after the boyfriend in the Houston House of Horrors case allegedly beat an eight-year-old boy to death last November, he was arrested at a convenience store 140 miles away, where police say he was found drunk, possibly high and armed with a gun.
Brian Coulter, 31, is being held on $1million bond in Houston, having been charged with felony murder for the killing of eight-year-old Kendrick Lee, whose skeletal remains were found in an apartment alongside the boy’s three starving brothers last weekend.
Gloria Williams, 35, Coulter’s girlfriend and the boys’ mother, is charged with injury to a child by omission, injury to a child with serious bodily harm and tampering with evidence.
In a recent jailhouse interview, Williams claimed she did not know her son Kendrick was dead, and defended abandoning her other children for more than six months by saying that she would ‘check on them every two weeks.’
Law enforcement authorities in Harris County have said that Coulter allegedly killed Kendrick sometime around Thanksgiving Day 2020, but the revelation concerning his previously arrest suggests that the fatal beating took place between November 20-23.
Just days after Coulter allegedly beat 8-year-old Kendrick Lee to death in Houston, he was found drunk at this Buc’ee’s convenience store in Luling, located 140 miles away
Just a day or two after Coulter allegedly punched and kicked the autistic, non-verbal eight-year-old, killing him and leaving his body to rot in the CityParc II apartment with his brothers, the man was found drunk at a Buc’ee’s convenience store in Luling – a town of 5,800 located 140 miles away from Houston.
Luling Chief of Police Bill Sala told ABC13 the manager of the store called 911 at around 7am and requested a welfare check on Coulter, whom he suspected of being armed with a gun.
An officer who responded to the scene encountered Coulter and Williams, who was a passenger in his car.
Sala said that Coulter allegedly told the officer he was tired because he and Williams had driven from Houston to San Antonio and were returning back to Houston.
Coulter was cited for marijuana possession and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, a .45-caliber handgun. He was booked into the county jail on November 23 and bonded out on November 29.
Williams was also cited for marijuana possession but was let go.
Two weeks before the couple’s arrest in connection with Kendricks’ killing, Sala said Coulter called the Luling Police Department demanding that his gun, which had been confiscated last year, be returned to him.
‘In a highly intoxicated state, he did cuss out my administrative assistant, and she told him I would call him back, which I have not,’ Sala said.
Coulter made his initial court appearance in the murder case on Thursday.
Coulter made his initial court appearance in Houston on Thursday to face a charge a felony murder for the killing of his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son
Coulter acknowledged that he understood the felony murder charge, and signed documents barring him from contacting the victim’s siblings
If he is able to pay his $1million bond, Coulter will be required to wear a GPS monitor and remain under house arrest
Coulter (left) is accused of beating to death girlfriend Gloria Williams’ (right) son in November 2020 and leaving his body to rot in a Houston apartment with his siblings
Kendrick Lee, 8 (pictured in white) was said to have been punched and kicked all over his body until he stopped moving
TIMELINE IN HOUSTON HOUSE OF HORRORS CASE REVEALED:
November 20-23, 2020: Brian Coulter allegedly beats eight-year-old Kendrick Lee to death inside apartment at CityParc II complex in Houston
November 23: Coulter is arrested in Luling, Texas, and spends six days in jail after being discovered drunk and in possession of a gun at a convenience store
November 29: Coulter is released on bail; weapons possession case against him is still pending
March 2021: Coulter and Gloria Williams, Kendrick’s mother, move out of CityParc II apartment, leaving her three sons to live alone with Kendrick’s skeletal remains
October 2020: Coulter allegedly attacks Williams’ 10-year-old son, breaking his jaw; the boy receives no medical attention
October 24: Williams’ 15-year-old son texts his mother that he cannot do this anymore and calls 911 to report his brother’s death; police arrive to discover the corpse in filthy apartment
October 24, Evening: Deputies question Coulter and Williams, but let them go without charges
October 26: Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office rules Kendrick Lee’s death a homicide, leading to arrests of Coulter and Williams; boyfriend is charged with murder, while girlfriend is accused of injury to a child by omission and tampering with evidence
October 27: Judge sets Coulter’s bond at $1million and Williams’ at $900,000
October 28: Coulter makes first court appearance and agrees to bond conditions
A judge read the charge against Coulter aloud and asked the defendant if he understood it. Coulter repeated the charge he is facing back to the judge.
On Wednesday, the judge set Coulter’s bond at $1million, although he did not attended that earlier hearing because he was on a mental health hold.
During his first appearance, Coulter signed documents barring him from making any contact with his girlfriend Gloria Williams’ three surviving sons.
If he makes bond, Coulter will be required to wear a GPS ankle monitor, remain under house arrest and avoid contacting Williams, reported KPRC.
Prosecutor Andrea Beall, who only handles child fatalities as part of her job, told KPRC this case stands out.
‘This is the only type of case I deal with, and I will say this particular case is such a gross deviation from what we expect human beings to behave like that it has been very emotional and taxing on the investigators, the DA’s office,,’ she said, ‘and the priority should be making sure that all the surviving children get the help they need.’
Williams, 35, has been charged with injury to a child by omission and tampering with evidence – a human corpse. A judge set her bond at $900,000 on Wednesday. She was due back in court on Friday, but her next appearance will likely be rescheduled for next week.
Kendrick’s skeletal remains were discovered by the police on Sunday inside an unfurnished Houston apartment with soiled carpet, flies and roaches, where his three starving brothers, ages 15, 10 and 7, had been living alone with no blankets and surviving on junk food deliveries from mom and handouts from neighbors for months.
Authorities on Wednesday alleged that Coulter punched and kicked Kendrick to death around Thanksgiving Day last year, and Williams refused to report him to the police, claiming she was afraid her children would be taken away and she would end up in jail.
When Houston authorities went to arrest a local mother and her boyfriend for the killing of her eight-year-old son, they found the pair reading news stories about their own case at a library.
Officials with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Brian Coulter and Gloria Williams were surfing the internet on Tuesday in search of articles about their alleged crimes.
The pair have been together for a couple of years and lived in an apartment in Westchase, located about 6 miles from the filthy apartment where deputies on Sunday discovered the skeletal remains of Williams’ 8-year-old son.
Williams appeared in Houston court on Wednesday and was ordered held on $900,000 bond
Law enforcement officials found William’s three surviving sons, ages 15, 10 and 7, living alone with the corpse of their brother at the CityParc II apartment complex in Houston
Grandmother says Houston House of Horrors mom was ‘very unstable’ and ‘not a mother’ and took custody of the woman’s TWO daughters
The grandmother of one of Gloria Williams’ daughters has described the woman at the center of Houston’s shocking child abuse case as being ‘very unstable,’ and accused her of failing to protect her six children, including the eight-year-old autistic boy who was beaten to death and left to rot in an apartment with his siblings for a year.
Melody Robinson, the paternal grandmother of Williams’ 13-year-old daughter, who has had custody of the girl from age two, told KTRK the mom-of-six is ‘not a mother’ after allegedly turning a blind eye to her son’s murder and her other children’s abuse.
Robinson also revealed she is now caring for Williams’ 17-year-old daughter, who allegedly had been kicked out of the house by her mother at age 15 and forced to live on the streets after trying to protect her brothers from abuse.
Melody Robinson, the grandmother of Gloria Williams’ 13-year-old daughter, who’s been in her care from age 2, said the mom in the Houston House of Horrors case is ‘very unstable’
‘For you, as a mother, to watch somebody do that to your child, that’s not a mother. A mother doesn’t do that,’ said Robinson.
Robinson said when Williams’ youngest daughter turned 2 years old, the woman, who was pregnant at the time with her fourth child, contacted her, asking if she could take in her granddaughter.
Williams later gave up her parental rights to her daughter, allowing Robinson to take full custody of the girl.
Robinson revealed that she has recently received conservatorship of Williams’ 17-year-old daughter, who she said had been ejected from her mother’s home aged 15 after trying to prevent Coulter from abusing her younger brothers.
Robinson said the teen was forced to live on the streets for more than a year. When she ended up at the hospital, Children’s Protective Services contacted Robinson. Even though Robinson was not the girl’s biological grandmother, she took her in so she could live together with her younger half-sister.
‘The 17-year-old wanted to be with me and so the mom didn’t want her and told me just take her and didn’t want her back,’ the grandmother said.
This photos from four years ago shows Williams (left) and her mother (center), along with her six children. The boy in the colorful T-shirt is Kendrick Lee, who was beaten to death in November 2020
The grandmother said the two sisters would talk to their brothers on FaceTime. Williams’ 15-year-old son never mentioned that their younger had died.
Williams’ relatives revealed to KPRC that two of her sons were likely autistic, including Kendrick, who was described as mostly non-verbal.
Family members said that Williams kept them at an arm’s left and would only reach out to ask for money. Whenever they would ask about their children’s well-being, she would assure them they were fine.
Recent social media posts show that Williams has been referring to Coulter as her husband, and the two even got matching ‘warrior’ tattoos.
Coulter’s significant collection of body art also includes the words ‘loyalty’ and ‘family over everything,’ along with face tattoos depicting a cross and a dollar sign.
His Instagram page, which was last updated in August, shows the murder suspect posing up in his over-the-top jewelry, listening to hip hop and making unintelligible comments.
The arrests were made two days after law enforcement officials found Williams’ three children abandoned inside a Houston apartment. Investigators also found a rotting corpse of Williams’ eight-year-old son who had been dead for more than a year
Coulter’s Instagram page includes videos showing him posing up in jewelry, listening to music and making garbled comments
The phrase ‘family over everything’ is seen etched into Coulter’s body
Williams also bragged about the baubles she had received from her ‘husband,’ stressing that all the items were real.
Court records show that neither suspect had a significant criminal history.
Coulter had been charged in 2011 with displaying a counterfeit inspection certificate, a misdemeanor, which was later dismissed.
Williams had been picked up in 2006 on a count of forgery, but it was ultimately dropped.
Court documents obtained by DailyMail.com indicate that the mom-of-six more recently had been charged for failing to enroll her children in school.
Alief Independent School District told KTRK that in 2019 and 2020, the school district filed truancy papers against the siblings’ mother because two of them, Ja’Veon Kirklin and his older sister, were not attending school. The children were last enrolled in May 2020.
Both charges were later dismissed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.