ECSO: 1 arrested, charged with murder in death of Ector County woman

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UPDATE: Letcher has also been charged with Capital Murder.


ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (Nexstar)- The Ector County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Linda Letcher, 71, in the death of Tommy Jone Rister following a house fire Saturday.

According to a Facebook post, deputies were called around 1:56 p.m. April 24 to the 6400 block of St. Louis Avenue regarding a structure fire.

Upon arrival, Rister was found inside the home and taken to Medical Center Hospital. Rister was later flown to Lubbock where she died from injuries related to the fire.

After investigating the fire, ECSO determined the fire started as a result of arson and arrested Letcher and charged her with Felony arson causing serious bodily injury or death.

The case is still under investigation.

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