Local food supplier slain by wife

Posted 1/28/20

Carolyn Court, 68, will faces charges of murder for the shooting of her estranged husband and food distributor that was well-known in Madison County Ray Court, 66.

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Local food supplier slain by wife

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Carolyn Court, 68, will faces charges of murder for the shooting of her estranged husband and food distributor that was well-known in Madison County Ray Court, 66.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office District 1 Patrol Deputies were dispatched to the residence on Barons Bridge Drive in reference to an unknown medical emergency at approximately 11 a.m., according to the official report. They arrived on scene to discover Ray Court with a bullet wound in his abdomen.

He was transported by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Carolyn Court informed deputies that she and Ray Court were estranged at the time and that she accidentally shot him after he arrived at the residence.

According to multiple media outlets, the accused was set off when she saw the victim pull up to the residence driving the vehicle of his current girlfriend.

The estranged couple was allegedly planning on having lunch together before the incident occurred. She reportedly told officials she tried to slap Ray as he entered the home, but he grabbed her wrist as a response. Records suggest Carolyn later reported she grabbed her Smith and Wesson .38 caliber gun while he was in the restroom.

Carolyn Court posted a $150,000 bond and was released from the Harris County Jail Jan. 20. According to court records, she is claiming to have a mental illness, which will ultimately play a role in her defense.

While exiting the jail, she claimed that the shooting was an “accident” and, when asked if she felt she should be charged with murder, she responded, “No. Not at all”, according to ABC 13.

Ray and Carolyn were co-owners of Gourmet Foods of Houston, but Ray was essentially in charge of the entire operation, according to reports. According to the company’s website, he started the business in 1979 with the goal of personally selecting and selling high quality food products to deliver directly to the consumer at a reasonable price.

According to reports, Ray moved out of the family home he occupied with Carolyn about a year ago and moved to Jefferson County.

Carolyn Court will be arraigned in the 182nd District Court March 24 at 8:30 a.m. at the Harris County Courthouse in Houston.

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