Midland woman strangled by husband, who lied to police, dies

A Midland woman who was strangled by her husband March 26 has died, according to a press release from the City of Midland. The woman’s husband, 36-year old Benjamin Edward Moore, initially told police that his wife had attempted suicide.

Midland police were notified that Natasha Morris, 29, died from injuries received in the strangulation. Detectives are consulting with the district attorney’s office to discuss pending charges.

According to the release, Morris’ next-of-kin have been notified.

ORIGINAL STORY: A 36-year old Midland man has been arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after calling police to tell them his wife had allegedly tried to commit suicide at their home.

Benjamin Edward Moore was arrested by Midland Police Department officers Saturday on the first degree felony charge, according to a press release from City of Midland Public Information Officer Sara Bustilloz.

Police say Moore called them at approximately 12:11 a.m. Saturday to tell them that his wife, 29-year old Natasha Morris, had committed suicide in their home in the 700 block of West Michigan Avenue. Officers found Morris hanging by a power cord in their bedroom closet. Morris was transported to a local hospital for life-threatening injuries. The release said the investigation revealed that Moore called 9-1-1 after he poked his wife’s body with a pull-up bar and made no apparent attempt to save her life.

The release said the injuries to Morris’ neck were consistent with strangulation and did not appear to officers to be the result of a self-inflicted hanging.

Morris remained hospitalized at the time of the press release Tuesday morning with life-threatening injuries.

Midland County Jail records show that Moore is being held on a $150,000 bond.