Woman shot, killed by ex-father-in-law during deposition in Las Vegas law office filed for sole custody morning of shooting: sources

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Documents obtained by 8 News Now show that the woman killed by her ex-father-in-law during a deposition filed documents for sole custody of her children with the killer’s son the morning of the shooting.

Dennis Prince was representing his wife, Ashley Prince, during a deposition involving Ashley Prince’s ex-husband. Ashley Prince’s ex-husband’s father, Joe Houston II, was representing his son, Dylan Houston, in the proceedings, sources said.

During a Monday morning deposition, Joe Houston II allegedly shot the Princes before killing himself, sources said.

The road to explain the Las Vegas attorney’s alleged involvement dates back a few years when Dylan Houston and then Ashley Houston, filed for divorce.

<em>A graphic showing the relationships among Dennis Prince, Ashley Prince and Joe Houston II. (KLAS)</em>
A graphic showing the relationships among Dennis Prince, Ashley Prince and Joe Houston II. (KLAS)

Divorce records obtained by 8 News Now show claims made against Dylan Houston, stating he tested positive for cocaine and alcohol while he had custody of their children. The records also claim that he would send abusive texts to Ashley Prince.

Records showed that police arrested Dylan Houston in 2020 on a DUI charge, which was later pleaded down to reckless driving.

In 2022 Ashley Prince filed a protective order against Dylan Houston, records showed.

During the case, Dylan Houston’s father, Joe Houston II, represented his son.

The divorce case record showed that Ashley filed documents for sole custody of her and Dylan Houston’s children the morning of the shooting.

An emergency order was accepted Monday following the shooting, granting custody of Ashley Prince and Dylan Houston’s children to a member of Ashley’s family, court documents revealed.

The next hearing related to this case is scheduled for later in April.

Prominent Las Vegas attorney, wife killed in law office shooting: sources

The Princes recently had a child together, friends confirmed to the 8 News Now Investigators. Dennis Prince frequently appeared on 8 News Now where he discussed civil cases.

“With profound sadness, Prince Law Group would like to thank everyone who has reached out to us with heartfelt messages of concern and sympathy over the tragic violence that occurred this morning in our offices,” a Prince Law Group spokesperson said Monday evening. “We ask that you please respect the privacy of the families involved.”

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