Spicewood fire evolves into double-murder investigation with three arrests

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

Burnet County and state law enforcement officials investigate a Spicewood residence where two bodies were found following a May 15 fire. Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith says the investigation turned into an alleged double murder as deputies charged three people in connection with the two dead bodies. Two of the suspects face capital murder charges. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

SPICEWOOD — Burnet County investigators arrested three people in connection with two bodies found following a fire at a Spicewood residence.

Burnet County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged Gregory Mark Currie, 30, of Cedar Town, Ga. and Juston Aaron Curbow, 34, of Marble Falls with capital murder of multiple persons on May 16.

Investigators charged a third person, Melissa Marie Frink, 33, of Brownwood with tampering with physical evidence.

If convicted of capital murder, the two men could face the death penalty.

The arrests came about eight hours after the Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a blaze at a residence in the 200 block of CR 425. At 11:39 p.m. on May 15, a caller reported a fire at the residence. The SVFD arrived shortly after and immediately requested assistance.

Investigators found two bodies in the residence.

Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith identified the two deceased as Dorrina Ruth Reese, 42, and Thomas Edward Wells, 30.

The sheriff didn’t comment on any connection between the deceased and the three suspects.

In a press release, officials said at 3:07 p.m. the day of the fire a caller reported disturbance at the residence but the subjects had left.

The BCSO contacted the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory to assist in gathering evidence at the fire scene and possibly a second location.

“There are weapons and other evidence that have been recovered in this investigation,” the press release stated. “An autopsy will be performed on the deceased parties by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.”

Smith said the three arrests came after an “extraordinary effort” not only by his office but numerous law enforcement entities including Burnet police, Horseshoe Bay police, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Heart of Texas Auto Theft Task Force, and Burnet County District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire as suspected arson, officials said.

“This is a continuing investigation and on the advice of 33rd Judicial District Attorney Wiley ‘Sonny’ McAfee, no further information will be released at this time,” Smith stated in the press release.

daniel@thepicayune.com

Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab personnel collect evidence from a home in the 200 block of CR 425 in Spicewood where investigators found two dead bodies following a May 15 fire. Officials spent the entire day at the scene before arresting three people in connection with the deaths. Two of the suspects were booked into the Burnet County Jail on May 16 on capital murder of multiple person charges. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

spicewood-homicide-5Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab personnel and Burnet County law enforcement officials investigate a scene May 16 where two people were found dead following a fire the previous night. Officials say the investigation has led to the arrests of three people, two of which are charged with capital murder of multiple persons. The fire took place at home in the 200 block of CR 425 in Spicewood. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton
Dorrina Ruth Reese stands with Thomas Wells. Facebook photo
Juston CurbowJUSTON CURBOW
Mark CurrieMARK CURRIE
Melissa FrinkMELISSA FRINK

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