Grapeland woman charged with husband's murder

Tina Bernard mug shot courtesy of Houston County Sheriff's Office.
Tina Bernard mug shot courtesy of Houston County Sheriff's Office.
The Bernard's home outside of Grapeland
The Bernard's home outside of Grapeland
Richard Moore, Bernard's neighbor
Richard Moore, Bernard's neighbor

HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email

GRAPELAND, Texas (KTRE) - A Grapeland woman has been charged with murder in her husband's shooting death Friday night.

According to a press release issued by the Houston County Sheriff's Office, law enforcement officers responded to a shooting at 9:33 p.m. Friday at a residence outside the Grapeland city limits, on County Road 2310. When they arrived, a man, identified as Ernest Bernard, 43, was found on the living room floor with a gunshot wound.

A justice of the peace pronounced him dead on the scene and sheriff's deputies arrested his wife, Tina Marie Bernard, 43. The couple's children were at the home at the time of the shooting. They were interviewed at the sheriff's office and released to other family members.

She is being held in the Houston County Jail on a charge of murder, with a $200,000 bond.

An arrest warrant affidavit reveals more details on the investigation. According to the affidavit, Tina Bernard called 911 and said, "I shot my husband in the face."

Tina Bernard later told investigators that her husband had been agitated all evening, yelling at family and "she just wanted it to stop," according to the affidavit.

She said she went to a bedroom and came back to the living room with a Taurus .357 Magnum pistol and fired one round at him, striking him in the upper left cheek, according to the affidavit.

The Moore family has resided next door to the Bernards for three years.

"They pretty much get drunk and aggravate each other. So you can imagine what goes on," said Richard Moore.

They knew something was going on next door when they saw the flashing lights of the police cars pull up next door.

"So we knew something was wrong. When they start putting up yellow tape we knew somebody got it," said Moore.

The Moores hopes Tina Bernard's arrest means they'll finally have some peace.

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