Shooting in Hull leaves one dead

A murder investigation is underway by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office after the fatal shooting of a 37-year-old Ames woman at a home on CR 2414 in Hull early Monday morning.

According to Capt. David Meyers, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, deputies were dispatched in reference to a shooting around 5:27 a.m. When deputies arrived, they began lifesaving measures on the victim, identified as Tangela Stephens, who later succumbed to her injuries. Stephens was shot inside a one-bedroom apartment located behind the main house on the property of her boyfriend Martin Toth. Toth’s son, Aurelio Toth, is identified as the murder suspect.

“We learned that Ms. Stephens had been allowed to stay overnight at Mr. Toth’s property. She was sleeping in a one-bedroom apartment behind Mr. Toth’s house. The son was mad that she was there and got into an argument with his dad. At some point in the argument, the son, carrying a shotgun, followed his dad to the apartment where he shot Ms. Stephens, killing her,” Meyers said.

Toth, Aurelio

The father and son were transported to the sheriff’s office where they shared a similar story with investigators about how the shooting transpired, Meyers said.

“Aurelio Toth basically admitted to fatally shooting her. He was placed in custody on a charge of murder,” he said. “We don’t have any reason to believe that Martin Toth was involved in the shooting.”

Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Jimmy Belt conducted an inquest at the scene and ordered an autopsy. Stephens’ body was picked up at the scene by Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Dayton and transported to Beaumont for the autopsy.

Bond for Toth is set at $2 million. This is an active investigation. Updates will be provided if new information is available.


    • Omg 😳 😭😭😭I’m just hearing the news this morning pls Justice for Tangela I’m his fiancé from Africa 😭😭😭💔💔💔💔

  1. 😭😭😭😭😭😭from Africa we are just getting this info pls Justice must be done for Tangela even doe e don’t know what happen that wrant such shooting 😭😭😭

  2. They should rot in hell she was a beautiful soul. My family my pageant sister. I love u till
    We meet again. Throw a big pageant in heaven justice will prevail rip

  3. Her “boyfriend “ was married and having an affair. And during the fight Tangela admitted to poisoning his wife WHO DIED UNDER MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES and was cremated right away. Tangela admitted to it during the fight and that’s when she was shot. She’s not the angel everyone is portraying her to be.

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