The jail sentence comes after the Bellmead husband admitted to chopping off his then 21 year old wife, Natasha Dauzat's head off on August 25, 2016, before then placing it in the freezer as the couples two children played nearby reported the Waco Tribune-Herald. Police had come to the home for a welfare check earlier in the day but said there was nothing concerning at the time.
Dauzat's brother told police Davie Dauzat called him and made "weird statements" and asked "funny questions", but he was unsure if the comments were the result of drug use, Martin said.
Davie Dauzat's parents and Natasha Dauzat's family were in the courtroom for the anticipated plea but left to meet with attorneys to find out what happened.
The Dallas County Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences said: "Based on autopsy and the history available, it is our opinion that Natasha Ellen Dauzat died as a result of sharp force injuries and decapitation".
Police returned and found Natasha Dauzat had been decapitated.
Prosecutor Michael Jarrett told the judge that while Dauzat deserved to spend the rest of his life in prison, a plea agreement was reached for the health of the children who witnessed their mother's brutal murder.
He told investigators he killed Natasha with a knife in front of their one-year-old son and three-year-old daughter.
Though Dauzat acknowledged that killing his wife was wrong, "he would also state that it was a battle between good and evil", according to search warrant obtained by the newspaper.
The killing occurred while the couple's two young children, ages 1 and 2, were in the home, authorities said.
"The family and District Attorney will work together to ensure this defendant spends each day of his next 52 years locked behind bars".
"I certainly think that factored into everything and I think it is a tragedy".
"It is certainly a tragedy for everybody involved in the situation and I think it highlights the dangers that drugs play in our society". "My client took responsibility for his actions today and that is something he wanted to do".