Christopher Matthews: One Punch From Angry Husband Kills Popular Coach

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Ronald Newman, charged with aggravated assault with serious bodily injury
Christopher Matthews, a popular girls' soccer coach in Spring Branch, was walking outside the LosTios restaurant on the far west side with a woman about 11 p.m. Friday.

The woman's husband, Ronald Lee Newman, 51, saw them and approached. Convinced the two were having an affair, he punched Matthews. The coach, 33, hit the pavement in such a way to cause a massive brain injury, and he died late Sunday.

"There is no evidence at this time indicating there was any ongoing relationship between the suspect's wife and Mr. Matthews," Houston police said.

Matthews had been a teacher for nine years, the last five at Stratford High. His wife, Buffie, also taught and coached there.

"This terrible tragedy touches so many lives, and we will have many of our students with a connection to these two employees. We have a plan for today and crisis counselors are here for students and our staff. We will have support here for as long as it is necessary," school principal Christopher Juntti said on the Stratford website.

"As members of the Spring Branch Family, we must all be here for each other, and especially Buffie, in the wake of this tragedy. We ask that you keep Buffie and Coach Matthews's family in your thoughts and prayers," SBISD superintendent Duncan Klussmann said.

Newman has been released from jail on a $30,000 bond.

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SharonAMatthews
SharonAMatthews

What ever happened to Ronald Newman? I am having trouble finding results of the trial.SM

SharonAMatthews
SharonAMatthews

Chris you are missed so much. Your father, your little brother and I morn for you daily. You stlll had so much life to live. It's been a year and our hearts are still breaking. No one will ever know how much you are loved and missed by both families. Because you know your family in OK still loves and misses you dearly. Always and Forever.

Ems2kitties
Ems2kitties

Specializes in somewhat unusual deaths.

Gina
Gina

I want an update to the is case.  I have looked everywhere....did the jealous lout go down for manslaughter?  He should.

mustard
mustard

It's been a long while and there hasn't been a solid update to this storry. I would be really interested to know what is going on. What's up with the wife going to court with Ronald Newman? What is leading prosecutors to not increase the charges from assualt to manslaughter? And, interesting, Ronald Newman is now being represented by the lawyer who represented Andrea Yates and Clara Harris.There seems like enough interesting stuff going on that we all don't know about for a good investigative reporter to do an interesting follow up story.

stinkyliberals
stinkyliberals

The ho was cheating. 11 o'clock at NIGHT? Come on. Who the heck is going out to dinner that late and NOT trying to hook up?

Give me a break. Dude was perfectly right to knock his lights out. Unfortunately, he had a glass jaw and died from his presumptions on the man's wife. Let that be a lesson to all you tard-head cheaters.

Houston
Houston

Actually, they were the last two to leave the restaraunt. No wife...no other coaches or parents...Just Mr. Newman's wife and the coach. This is why you have not read any witness statements at all in any news related account of the incident. Mr. Newman and his wife were the only witnesses. This was a horrible accident and all parties involved are suffering greatly but I imagine that there is more too this story than you can find anywhere on the internet.

Si-Hing
Si-Hing

In no way am I condoning what Ronnie did, but no one knows yet if your beloved coach had a pre-existing condition that hastened his demise.

It's not like Ronnie shot him.

Al Hasan Naqiyy
Al Hasan Naqiyy

Damn, that Ronnie playa got ganked. Used by a bitch to do her crimes. If I were you and that bitch tried to play me I would just 'bucc bucc', rocc-a-bye baby. Don't trust 'em.

Si-Hing
Si-Hing

Now let's see how emotional y'all will get.

Ronnie hasn't been convicted of anything.Laura pushed his buttons and he lost it.

And if he ends up doing time he will do fine. Hell, he killed a man with punch !

Southbendsoutwest
Southbendsoutwest

Let's see how old Ronnie does in the chokey. I hope Skillet and Cornbread make him their girlfriend. If the stuff is true about the wife, he should have divorced her and got on with his life. If it's true that she's evil, he had nobody to blame but himself for his actions. Loved the statement by the attorney. Ronnie's devastated and wifey is sticking by her man, after all, he killed a man for the love of a pretty woman. Bye Ronnie, you asshole.

Si-Hing
Si-Hing

I worked with both Ronnie and Laura, she was a woman without scruples who tried to seduce me and my other co-workers. Unfortunately Ronnie got snared and now is paying the price.

Ronnie is a good guy made crazy by a bad woman.

dreamy_one
dreamy_one

Can you feel the anguish and pain in the comments left by some of our Stratford students on this blog? Please know that the Stratford Community is in shock and suffers great anguish over the events of the last few days.

Please pray for us parents, as we hold our weeping teens. Pray God gives us the words of comfort for our young people as they try to understand why this happened!

Please pray for the staff of Stratford, as they deal with their own grief, and the grief of their students!

Please pray for the Coach Matthews' family and friends.

Spencermiller
Spencermiller

It's strange how someone can talk so high and mighty behind a computer screen. Nostradomus you are beyond an idiot, you are also a coward. When you call a woman a "Hoe" you are in essence calling your mother one too, stupid! This was a very tragic situation and maybe one day you'll have to face something like it yourself and then we will await your thoughts and see if you are still so bold behind that computer screen.

Qtshalom
Qtshalom

couch was the best teacher i ever knew! he cared for everyone! he was helping that lady to her car! he died for her mistake. and that man should be put behind bars

Tom
Tom

This is a senseless act...... Mr Newman intended harm when he took that punch and should serve time for what has happened. It wasn't an accident and it certainly was by his doing. It's involuntary manslaughter at a minimum.

Jennyjanssen97
Jennyjanssen97

This man belongs under the jail and if it was indeed his estranged wife walking out of court holding his hand today then I hope she goes under the jail right next to him. He KILLED a husband, a father, a son, a friend, and a teacher. It's inexcusable.

Cassdeshm
Cassdeshm

My sentiments exactly. What is happening with this case? Surely, there must be some ongoing investigative journalism going on.There seems to be nothing going on. No information on hearings or court dates.

Gina
Gina

You're sick.  Keep this up and you will end up in jail as well.  You are under educated and misinformed.  I want you hurt right now for saying such lies.  You were not there.

tut tut
tut tut

It was a parent dinner after an out of area soccer game. The soccer coach was there along with many other parents, including Newman's wife. Other parents even witnessed the assualt. Your comment is ill informed.

Ssprobiz
Ssprobiz

most intelligent comment that I have read here. Thanks for posting this...hopefully this will wake the ignorant ones up and allow this to take its course towards the truth.

Nostradomus
Nostradomus

A female; also referred to as bitch, hoochie, slut, whore, etc.

John House
John House

So because a "woman pushes your buttons", that gives clearance for a man to punch another man so hard in the face that he falls back?

Classy.

Pmt_630
Pmt_630

"felony murder rule," under which a person commits first-degree murder if any death (even an accidental one) results from the commission of certain violent felonies

dreamy_one
dreamy_one

My question to you is ... how well do YOU know Ronnie and Laura? Obviously not well enough! You honestly think violence is the answer? Do you honestly think this Ronnie person will NOT be convicted? Laura may be a hoochie mamma, but this still didn't need to happen. It's called SELF CONTROL. Boy Howdy .. reality check, dude!

Please stop instigating crap .. people are hurting deeply at this loss .. at the hands of YOUR friends .. no go away and leave us to mourn in peace.

fun'ndawest
fun'ndawest

Laura is a low class terrible person that wants to be something that she is not and will never be, but Ronnie knew that they were toxic together because she had a restrainer order out on him when they were married the first go around. It took her seven years to finally divorce then only about three to remarry. That is crazy on both of them!

Rocky
Rocky

Ronnie is a punk masquerading as a good guy. His record seems clear. 3 assualts, 1 restraining order and 1 murder in 8 years. In this community that is a punk.

Nostradomus
Nostradomus

My mother is a hoe, stupid hoe. Bitch shouldn't of been with another man, but in her mans kitchen. Hopefully he K.O. bitch slaps her

Zmby69
Zmby69

The Stratford mom and her idiot "husband" are teacher killers. I HOPE THEY NEVER FORGET THAT LABEL.

Plus their daughters should always remember that they are daughters of teacher killers.

If she was sooooo afraid, how come she didnt call the cops that night.

For these rich ppl teachers are just disposable things. " I am done with you, you are of no use to me anymore" . "Oh, you are dead? Well, my husband is rich and I need to keep being rich so,,, screw you."

Rocky
Rocky

Wow, a little analysis;1. You have chosen to disregard all accounts given by witnesses about threatening texts and speculate there are no texts, making you and your buddy Laura the only two people on earth who know what is really on her phone.2. You have chosedn to disregard the eyewitness accounts of the only two witnesses in the parking lot that night (the assailant and his wife) and rather than question the one punch story, you choose to speculate there is more that those two witnesses are not telling. And that is in order to protect ?????? fill in the blank.3.You have chosen to disregard volatile marital history of past 8 years verifiable through public records and presonal accounty.4. You have chosen to disregard violent history of assailant again verifiable through public and speculat tha the victom was the one instigaitng the violence.I wanted to set this out to see if it helped your feeble mind organize the facts. One thing about feeble minds is they aren't usually interested in facts. So I am sure as soon as you let go of your genitalia and wipe the drool from your chin you will unleash another specultion driven, insult riddled comment. Man that Obama thing was really low. Still trying to get over that.

ghost
ghost

Nostradomus won't know what a female is until he hits puberty. That is, if any woman lets him near them. Something tells me know will want to date a loser who lives in his mom's basement.

Ssprobiz
Ssprobiz

It really doesn't take a lot to fall back from a punch, he may have lost his balance for many reasons that would make him fall, did you pay any attention to the difference in their sizes? The coach was like a foot or so taller than mr. newman. How many drinks did the coach have to cause him to lose his balance, there are so many unanswered questions that could lead this whole story in a very different direction than what everyone out there WANTS it to go without knowing pretty much anything.

Si-Hing
Si-Hing

Yeah, certain felonies such as arson, robbery, rape etc.

Now does anyone really think that he intended to kill the man with one punch ?

'Adequate cause rule' means cause that would commonly produce a degree of anger,rage,resentment or terror in a person of ordinary temper, sufficient to render the mind incapable of cool reflection.

Still it's voluntary manslaughter by any definition. And that's a form of homicide.

I know someone is going to repeat that he has been arrested for assault previously, that he has anger problems but his wife has little or no credibility and is such a woman not to be believed. So the charges were dropped.

Si-Hing
Si-Hing

Sorry Ronnie, I'm going to have to say this.

Stupid and crazy.Ronnie is stupid to ever hook up with laura.

At various times I had to supervise both of them on the job. I refused to work with laura and tried to get her fired repeatedly.

I really dislike that woman.

Si-Hing
Si-Hing

So you know Ronnie and Laura ?

Saddened
Saddened

What do you mean by this??

Shauna Olsen
Shauna Olsen

You are such a waste of time kid. You are some little idiot who is laughing at getting people all riled up. A troll, a waste of time and breath. So little one grow up and find humor with something other than a families tragedy. Here is a cookie and glass of milk, now STFU!!

Shauna Olsen
Shauna Olsen

She put a restraining order on him, and to say in not so many words the children should pay for an ADULTS fuck up is stupid and short sighted on your part. Punishing the children or putting it on them is lame,. The man who did the damage gave no warning didnt say anything just hit the coach and killed him. He is the only one who deserves the title of murderer.

csr4900
csr4900

Newman's wife is a teacher as well

ksmash
ksmash

Neither Ronnie nor Laura Newman were under 5 foot tall.  What are you implying?

Not You
Not You

A foot taller or so??? I have worked with Chris for years and if he was a foot taller then Newman was under 5 foot tall. SSprobiz the seeker of truth making shit up.

BTW does SSPro.biz appreciate you spreading your shit in their name on here?

ghost
ghost

It's interesting how you don't want anyone to make conclusions without knowing more information, yet you are somehow convinced this man is innocent without having been there yourself. What an idiot.

Rocky
Rocky

Don't need to or want to. But I have known Coach Matthews since he came to Stratford. I know his wife and his son. I know what kind of people they are and I know what he meant to this community. I am really angry that these good peoples lives have been so torn apart by the garbage you call Ronnie and Laura!!!!!!

Shauna Olsen
Shauna Olsen

Wait....I think my feelings were hurt....nope. Here is another cookie ya joke. Eat up and STFU!!!!

Nostradomus
Nostradomus

You are feeding the troll, genius. If you truly don't like what someone has to say, then please, take your own advice and shut the fuck up. I'm only saying this to spread the wisdom of the internet unto you, not in a heated retaliation like you are. I'm positive you aren't hurting the troll, but making him feel ripe and full rather, so shut the fuck up. Open a Word document and type a condescending, bitchy comment to make yourself feel better next time instead of spreading ignorance.

Ssprobiz
Ssprobiz

where you there? did you actually see what happened? Maybe you should be the one reporting the story since you seem to know so freaking much. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. The truth will come out in time...not yours or anyone elses version of it. I am just amazed that people are so quick to jump to persecuting someone without knowing the whole story. I choose to actually wait and learn the truth of the situation. There are soooo many people in our prisons now that truly ARE innocent due to dumbasses like you.

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