HOUSTON – Two admissions of murder are revealed in an early morning probable cause court appearance by the estranged husband of a pregnant woman found dead at the bottom of Cypress Creek Thursday.
A prosecutor revealed Matthew Sowders admitted twice to friends that he strangled his wife, after he claims she pulled a gun on him. Prosecutors also say he told a witness how he got rid of the body.
“He said he stuffed her into a large black trash can and transported her to Cypress Creek, there he submerged her body,” the prosecutor told the court.
Witnesses says Sowders was wet and his truck was covered with mud the day his estranged wife disappeared. One of the admissions is said to have come during a phone conversation that was monitored by a detective.
One witness told detectives she made a gruesome discovery when Sowders answered her knock on his apartment door.
“The feet and lower legs of a female lying on the floor of the apartment,” is what the prosecutor says she saw before Sowders closed quickly closed the door.
When police arrived the body was no longer in the apartment.
One of the ways the family identified Melissa Sowders body was her tattoo Matt on her body. The tattoo memorialized the man who is now charged with killing her.
After hearing the evidence the judge said “you will be held without bond.”