Prosecutors Appeal Ruling In Death Of Ex-Central Texas Woman

Prosecutors are appealing a ruling that overturned the conviction of a Denton County man accused of killing his wife, a former Central Texas woman, days before the couple’s divorce became final.

Charles Stobaugh (File)

DENTON (March 11, 2014) Denton County prosecutors have appealed a ruling that overturned the 2011 murder conviction of Charles Stobaugh, who was accused of killing his wife, a former Gatesville woman, days before the couple’s divorce became final in December 2004.

The Second Court of Appeals vacated Stobaugh’s conviction in January.

He was found guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison in February 2011 for the Dec. 29, 2004 murder of Kathy Munday Stobaugh.

Kathy Stobaugh, prosecutors say, was killed on the night of Dec. 29, 2004 after she went to the family home in Sanger to discuss details of the pending divorce.

In spite of dozens of intensive searches and years of investigation, her remains have never been found.

Stobaugh was the last person to see his wife and her car was left in his driveway, but defense attorneys argued that those facts weren't enough to prove Stobaugh's guilt.

Justices agreed with Stobaugh’s argument that “there is no body, no murder weapon, no witnesses and no blood, DNA evidence; there are no fibers or hairs or any type of forensic evidence that a murder occurred …"


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