Psychologist goes on trial in slaying of former fiancee
“How she got wrapped up with someone who would murder her is beyond me”
ARLINGTON -- It's been more than two years since Deborah Houchin's body was found smoldering on a tarp behind a mechanic's shop in rural Cooke County.
But those who were close to the marriage and family counselor still want to know how her ex-fiance and former business partner could have ended up as the man accused of fatally shooting her three times in July 2005 before her body was dumped.
Testimony in the murder trial of Lester Winningham, 59, a licensed psychologist who was once engaged to Houchin, is scheduled to begin today. Read more
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#1 Oct 28, 2007
Put Winningham in jail....&& Let my councelor Deborah finally have justice && may finally rest in peace.
Love u && Miss u Dearly!
#2 May 1, 2008
Deborah Houchin was the voice of kindness, reason and common sense that held my hand and guided me through an emotionally grueling divorce. It's now May/2008. Whatever happened to Les Winningham? Is he in jail, paying for this horrendous crime as he should be? I hope the "system" did not fail Deborah. She was a wonderful person who deserves justice.
#3 Jan 31, 2009
To Janice B & Audrey
I just read this. Haven't heard from Debby in awhile and when Cristmas card came back, I googled her and did a title search. Debby Treff was my best friend in high school. This is so shocking. What is MOST upsetting is that Deborah was really street smart... Goi figure. My friend Toni (another friend of Deborah's from HS) lives in Vegas...same exact senario...her friend met a great guy online, he MURDERED her brutally.
#4 Mar 2, 2010
Winningham was convicted of first degree murder -- I don't know what his sentence was. He is a nutcase -- with a bad temper. He stalked me in college. I guess I'm lucky to be alive.
#5 Oct 26, 2010
In July 2010, A Texas appeals court reversed the murder conviction. The 3 judges said Winningham's conviction was unjust and he should get a new trial.
He was engaged to my best friend, and fortunately she was never hurt. After she broke off the engagement, he stalked me at my house until my boyfriend threatened him.
Ft. Worth Star Telegram article:
#6 May 27, 2011
I met Les online about Aug. 30th 2007. Obviously, he failed to mention the charge. We went out 3 times over 6 weeks. Our last date was on Oct 2, 2007. He was extemely irritable. Enough for me to consider getting out of the car at a stop light but I didn't want to agitate him further, and he knew where I lived.
The next week I saw the trial in the paper.
So not only was he still online dating ... he took me to dinner the night before jury selection.
#7 Aug 28, 2013
We are looking to profile this case for a new show on the Biography Channel. Our series profiles people who dated someone who changed and became a different person - became obsessive or violent. If anyone dated Winningham and may want to share your story on camera please contact us at email@example.com.
#8 Oct 27, 2013
I am the only relative that my Uncle Les has that remains interested in his well being. I visit him in prison, donate money to his account monthly, and write him regularly. He did not kill this lady and he will eventually be cleared of these charges.
#9 Nov 9, 2013
Understandable that you care about him as a relative. But that doesn't change the fact the he killed a beautiful person in cold blood. Les was not able to control his rage, he is a narcistic, cowardly, and cold man. I've seen him when he got angry, and you can see crazy all over that guy. He's where he belongs, and you should wake up, and stop drinking his cool-aid. To see you in court trying to defending that man, was almost unbelievable.. Did it escape your notice how quickly the jury found him guilty?
#10 May 17, 2017
It is a long time down the road now and I'm curious if your Uncle Les ever got out?
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