The Galveston County Daily News

GALVESTON — A woman who told police her boyfriend shot her multiple times didn’t get a chance to give detectives an official statement before she died, putting her case in limbo as police try to determine whether those shots were fired in self-defense.

Gloria Charles Ruth Alexander, 56, died Monday from injuries she received during an early-morning confrontation with her boyfriend on June 28.

Her boyfriend, David Lee Jones, 54, hasn’t been charged with any crime.

When police arrived to the couple’s home, 3315 Ave. M 1/2, they saw Jones carrying an 8- to 10-inch knife by the blade that he claimed Alexander threatened to kill him with, police reports say.

Alexander was shot at least four times with a rifle, said John Florence, a spokesman for the Galveston County Medical Examiner.

Jones told police he was trying to sleep when Alexander came in their bedroom with a knife and told him she would kill him, reports say.

Police reported that Jones said he got his rifle from the bedroom and shot her three times.

Afterward, Jones gave the rifle to a neighbor and asked him to call police, Galveston police Lt. D.J. Alvarez said.

The day of the shooting, Alexander told police that Jones shot her but was only partially conscious and not able to tell them if she had been threatening him, Alvarez said.

Police were waiting to see whether Alexander would recover enough to talk to them about the shooting.

Initially, police were waiting on her statement and then planned to send the case to a grand jury to decide whether Jones should be charged, Alvarez said. Now that Alexander has died, Alvarez said he was unsure what detectives would do.

Leonard Turner, Alexander’s brother, said he learned from his sister’s friends that several people were at the house using drugs the morning she died.

He said he thought a fight about drugs spurred the attack.

“I’m just trying to find out what happened,” he said. “I don’t see how this can happen and then he can just walk away.”

Alvarez said the reports didn’t mention drugs found at the house.

Galveston County assistant district attorney Joel Bennett said a grand jury could decide whether the self-defense claim was legitimate.

“If self-defense is an issue, then you have an absolute right to defend yourself,” he said. “For these gray-area cases, you may want a grand jury to evaluate if the force was justifiable.”