MISSOURI CITY (Covering Fort Bend) – A Stafford woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after stabbing a woman in Missouri City and leaving her for dead during a robbery.
Krista Antoinette Wright, 40, was indicted for the violent robbery of a nail salon technician in May of 2015.
According to Mandana Mahmoudi, lead prosecutor on the case, Wright was a long-time customer of a nail technician at the Missouri City salon. While the salon’s manager was out of town, the technician had extra duties, including collecting payments until they were deposited. Wright visited the salon during the manager’s absence and was aware that they were short-staffed, and likely observed the woman collecting payments.
On May 1, 2015, Wright visited the salon when it opened. While she got her nails done, Wright asked the technician about her plans for the evening and the whereabouts of her relatives – which the victim thought was friendly conversation. Some nine hours later, Wright returned to the salon as her technician and a co-worker were closing and walking out.
Wright first said she returned because there was something wrong with her nails, but then said her car broke down and asked for a ride home. The technician considered Wright a friend and agreed to give her a ride home. When they arrived at a home in the Hunters Glen subdivision of Missouri City, Wright produced a knife and stabbed the woman repeatedly. The defendant threatened to shoot her victim if she attempted to flee.
The woman was shocked and believed that Wright would continue to harm her, even though she didn’t believe that Wright had a gun. Wright took control of the car and drove through Missouri City, Stafford and Houston while her victim begged to be released. Wright demanded that the woman withdraw cash from ATMs, but the victim did not know her PIN. She instead offered her car, her purse and personal property, and cash from the salon.
In an act of desperation, and still bleeding from her stab wounds, the victim opened the car door and tried to escape while the defendant was still driving. Wright was able to restrain the woman, who suffered severe abrasive injuries to her arms, legs and feet as a result. Wright finally stopped in a poorly lit area, while her victim pretended to be dead. Wright pulled the woman out of the car by her legs, causing her head to hit the pavement.
Wright then dragged her behind a dumpster and repeatedly stabbed her before leaving in the woman’s car with her phone, purse and the salon’s money. The victim didn’t make a sound as Wright stabbed her because she wanted Wright to believe that she was dead.
Left for dead, the nail technician got to her feet once she heard the car leave. She was able to flag down two women who stopped their car and called 911. They described the woman as bloody all over, “like something out of a movie,” according to prosecutors.
From her initial contact with the good Samaritans and 911, through the investigation and at trial, the victim identified the defendant as “Kris, her friend.” Wright’s family members were also her customers, and the women were connected through social media, which the victim used to help law enforcement identify Wright as her attacker. Wright was arrested exactly one month later.
Wright’s attorney argued at trial that there was no physical evidence to tie her to the crime and that the investigation was based solely upon the victim’s statement. In closing, Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorney Mahmoudi described Wright as a “predator who abused her victim’s trust, separated and isolated her, violently attacked her and threatened her family, then robbed her and dumped her body behind a dumpster.”
“We don’t tell victims that we won’t hold predators accountable because there is no video or DNA,” said Mahmoudi. “We ask victims to testify in court, to face the person who hurt them violently, and to be cross-examined by an experienced professional. But we also tell victims that our jurors have sworn an oath to follow the law that one witness can be enough to convict an accused.”
Wright was tried in the 434th District Court before Presiding Judge James H. Shoemake. Wright was probation eligible, but now must serve at least half of her 25-year sentence before she can be considered for parole.
Assistant District Attorneys Mandana Mahmoudi and Richa Kumar prosecuted the case. Attorney David Stiller represented the defendant.