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Harris County Sheriff's Office
Friday August 23rd, 2013 :: 12:27 p.m. CDT



(HOUSTON, TX)- Investigators with the HCSO’s Cold Case Unit have charged 36 year-old Christopher Stoernell with the 1994 murder of his girlfriend, Ruth Majewski.

Stoernell is currently out after posting a $50,000 bond.

On the afternoon of Friday, September 30, 1994, Ruth Majewski arrived at Stoernell’s home located at 10039 Green Valley Drive in northwest Harris County. Five other teens were also there. Majewski and Stoernell went inside a bedroom and after a few minutes Majewski suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. She was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where she died.

During the initial investigation Stoernell told investigators that Majewski shot herself and gave conflicting accounts about what happened. No one inside the home at the time witnessed the shooting.

HCSO’s cold case investigators reopened the case in 2011 and re-interviewed witnesses and analyzed physical evidence from the scene and determined that neither support Stoernell’s original account of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

This is the HCSO Cold Case Unit’s 18th solved case since the unit was reconstituted in 2009 by Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

Photos of the suspect and the victim are attached.

Harris County Sheriff's Office
1200 Baker St
Houston, TX 77002

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