HARRIS COUNTY -- A man was arrested on murder charges after deputies said he admitted that he planted a knife on a woman he fatally shot at his home early Saturday in northeast Harris County.
Charles Ivey, 32, is charged with murder in the shooting death of 43-year-old Donna Louise Schumaker.
“You’re going to get me to cry.... not seeing her again,” Billy Schumaker, the victim’s brother, said Saturday afternoon.
Billy Schumaker said his heart was ripped into a million pieces when he found out his older sister was shot dead in the 300 block of Greenbow Lane.
“This place was lit up like a Christmas tree, ambulance, fire truck, 10 police cars. One end to the other,” Ron Rutzen, a neighbor, said.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, this all started at 1 a.m. as an argument between Ivey and his roommate at the residence. Donna Schumaker was helping the roommate pick up some personal items.
“A girl picked her up and took her down there to help someone move, and it all broke out,” Billy Schumaker said.
Detectives said Ivey originally claimed Donna Shumaker, who was his roommate’s friend, attacked him with a knife.
“My sister did carry a knife, it must be a leather strap,” Billy Schumaker said. “She works hard, she’s a working woman. She works on boats and stuff like that.”
However, after several hours of interrogation, detectives said that Ivey admitted that he shot the victim and threw the knife next to her to make it look like self-defense.
“It’s kind of weird that you shoot a woman,” Billy Schumaker said. During the argument, Ivey pointed a shotgun at the victim and shot her once, detectives said.
What hurts the family the most is that there was tension between Billy Shumaker and his sister.
“Last eight months, my mom passed away... building our relationship,” Billy Schumaker said wiping tears away.
The Shumaker family grieved by setting fire to the victim’s old belongings.
“Just to get to know her again, as a sister, that’s what I’m going to regret,” Billy Schumaker said. “We just started building our relationship and this happens. I will take all her memories and hold them inside, that’s all I can do. Stay close with your family. Arguing over items and stuff like that it’s not worth it. Keep family close. It’s so short.”
Ivey remains in the Harris County Jail.