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Accused Central Texas Killer Commits Suicide In Jail

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A Central Texas man charged in connection with an arson and double homicide has killed himself in jail.

Melissa Frink (left), Juston Curbow (center), and Gregory Currie (Jail photos)

BURNET (May 20, 2013)—A man who was arrested last week and charged with capital murder in connection with an arson and double homicide was found dead Saturday in his jail cell.

Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith said Sunday jail guards found Gregory Mark Currie, 30, hanging from a shower head by a sheet.

Currie was being held in connection with the slayings of Thomas Wells, 30, and Dorrina Reese, 42, both of whom were found dead last Wednesday after firefighters doused a blaze at their home.

Juston Curbow, 34, of Marble Falls, also was charged with capital murder in the deaths.

Melissa Frink, 33, of Brownwood, was charged with tampering with physical evidence.

Both Frink and Curbow were placed on suicide watch after Currie’s death, Smith said.

Correctional employees found Currie, 30, of Cedar Town Georgia, at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday after he had ripped a part of his bedsheet and hanged himself from a shower head.

Officers performed CPR on Currie while waiting for an ambulance but he could not be revived, Smith said.

Smith said Currie was given a psychological evaluation when he was booked last week and that he did not leave any kind of suicide note.

Authorities have not said how Wells and Reese were killed, but Wells sister told the American-Statesman on Friday that authorities said he had been shot.

Frink, according to investigators, was divorced from a Wells family cousin and had been living in the Spicewood home until Wells asked her to leave.

Wells’ sister said police told her Frink came back to the house with another man last Wednesday night and a fight between the man and Wells broke out.

Spicewood volunteer firefighters found the body early Thursday after responding to the fire at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at the home at 208 County Road 425.

The home is just off U.S. Highway 71, about 12 miles southeast of Marble Falls.

Deputies who investigated found weapons at the scene, Smith said.

Smith said a disturbance was reported at the same address at about 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

The person who reported the disturbance told officers several of the people who were involved left the residence in a green Ford Focus.

Burnet County Sheriff's Office Deputies, Criminal Investigation Division, and Special Operations; Burnet Police Department Criminal Investigators, Horseshoe Bay Police Criminal Investigators, State Fire Marshal's office, Department of Public Safety Crime Lab personnel, Heart of Texas Auto Theft Task Force and 33rd Judicial District Attorney Wiley "Sonny" McAfee all took part in the investigation, Smith said.

"The State Fire Marshal's Office is conducting an independent investigation into suspected arson connected to this case," Smith said.


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