HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Houston County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 43-year-old man Sunday morning in connection to allegations that he hit and bit his wife, causing serious injuries, and then tried to hide his blood-spattered SUV on a neighboring property.
Stephen Demund Bedford, of Crockett, is still being held in the Houston County jail on a second-degree felony aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury charge and a third-degree tamper/fabricate evidence charge. No bail amounts were available.
According to the arrest affidavit, HCSO deputies and an investigator responded to a 911 call about a gunshot heard on County Road 2050 at about 8:45 a.m. Sunday morning.
When the deputies arrived at the scene, they found an empty mobile home. However, evidence at the scene indicated a struggle had occurred there. Blood spatter was found throughout the home, and things were "broken and in disarray," the affidavit stated.
The investigator learned from a witness that a gunshot had been heard from inside the home, along with children screaming, "Daddy, please!" Further investigation revealed that "daddy" was Bedford and that he had left the home with the children in a blue GMC Yukon, the affidavit stated.
After the HCSO personnel secured the scene, they went to another home off of CR 2080, where they believed Bedford had gone. Once they got to the scene, they spotted a man matching Bedford's description ran from the residence and then returned to the back door.
HCSO personnel surrounded the home, and Bedford was arrested without further incident.
According to the arrest affidavit, Bedford had a bad cut on the palm of his hand. In addition, there was blood on his body, and his shorts were soaked with blood. Before he was taken to the hospital, Bedford denied that any kind of assault had occurred.
The investigator talked to Bedford's children, and they said that their father had hidden the vehicle near the home by a white fence.
A short time later, the HCSO walked the rural property and found the Yukon, which contained blood evidence, the affidavit stated. The SUV's engine was still hot, and its emergency lights had been left on, the affidavit stated.
Upon learning that the children's mother was at the home on CR 2080, two HCSO investigators went to talk to her. She was found to have a severe injury to her left eye and socket, a cut on the back of her arm, and what appeared to be a bite mark on her back shoulder area, the affidavit stated.
The woman told the investigators that she had gotten into a fight with Bedford, and he hit her in the face, the affidavit stated. Fearing for her safety, the woman grabbed a rifle, and she and Bedford fought over it, causing it to fire into the ceiling.