Inmate found dead in cell
May 19, 2013, 4:00 pm by
|Gregory Currie -- To see the two other suspects, click the above photo.
One of the suspects charged in the deaths of a Spicewood couple hanged himself in the Burnet County jail Saturday night, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's office.
Gregory Mark Currie, 30, Cedar Town, Ga. was found in his jail cell during a routine check by jailers about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Authorities said he used part of his bed sheet and was found hanging from a shower head.
The body will be transported to Travis County Medical Examiner’s
Office for autopsy proceedings, and the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office and
Texas Rangers are investigating the suicide, which is standard procedure
according to Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith.
Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Lisa Whitehead held the
preliminary inquest at the jail.
Currie was charged with capital murder in the deaths of a Spicewood couple found last week in a burned house at 208 CR 425. Also charged with capital murder is Juston Curbow, 34, of Horseshoe Bay. Melissa Frink, 33, was charged with tampering with physical evidence. Both have been put on suicide watch, authorities said.
The victims were identified as Dorrina Ruth Reese, 42, and Thomas Edward
Wells, 30. Reese and Wells were renting the home in Spicewood.
In a noon meeting Friday with reporters, Burnet County Sheriff W.T.
Smith and District Attorney Sonny McAfee told reporters that the victims
had been shot but the bodies had not been burned. They would give no
further details and declined to discuss a motive.
McAfee said there was no indication that drugs were involved.
Weapons and other evidence, including shell casings, were recovered,
authorities said. An autopsy will be performed on the victims by the
Travis County Medical Examiner's Office.
Smith said one of the men later arrested had returned to the area near
where the victims were killed Thursday and lawmen noticed him acting
suspiciously and spoke to him. The man appeared to be knocking on a door
to a nearby house but seemed to be observing the crime scene where
authorities were gathered, Smith said.
The sheriff said an officer questioned the man who said he was there to
do maintenance work on the house but lawmen later learned from the
vacant house's owner that no repair work was scheduled.
It's unclear exactly when that man was arrested but he was booked into
Burnet County jail about 7 p.m. Thursday. The other suspects were booked
into jail after 9 p.m.
In response to questions, Horseshoe Bay Police Chief Bill Lane Friday
said his department was contacted Thursday about noon and asked to
assist in the location of several individuals who might have information, or may have
been involved, in the deaths.
"I assigned investigators to help
locate three individuals which
later turned out to be instrumental in the investigation. After being
located, those individuals accompanied BCSO investigators to their
office for further interview. Our
investigators further assisted BCSO by drafting a search warrant for the
residence where the three individuals were found and we assisted in the
execution of that warrant later in the evening.
"I must defer requests for
any additional information to the sheriff’s department or district attorney’s
office as this is a continuing investigation and we are involved in an assist
capacity as are a number of other agencies who are working in a cooperative
effort to resolve this criminal act,” Lane said.
For more on this story, see Tuesday's Highlander.