Court documents paint picture of Spicewood double-homicide in May

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

BURNET — An arrest warrant affidavit for a man allegedly involved in a double-homicide in May reveals what law enforcement authorities believe transpired the night Thomas Wells and Dorrina Reese died.

Gregory Currie
Gregory Currie

Following the discovery of the bodies of Reese and Wells on May 15 after Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department crews and Burnet County deputies responded to a report of a fire just before midnight at a residence in the 200 block of CR 425 in Spicewood, officials didn’t say much about what happened leading up to the alleged murders.

BCSO deputies arrested Juston Aaron Curbow, 34, and Gregory Mark Currie, 30, the day after emergency crews discovered the bodies of Wells, 30, and Reese, 42. Both men were charged with capital murder of multiple persons and booked into the Burnet County Jail.

On May 18, jailers found Currie’s body in his cell after the man apparently hanged himself.

Deputies also arrested Currie’s girlfriend, Melissa Marie Frink, 33, on May 16 and charged her with tampering with physical evidence.

Both Curbow and Frink remain in custody.

An arrest warrant affidavit prepared by Burnet County Sheriff’s Office investigator Bo Boshears and signed by Burnet County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Lisa Whitehead shows the two men suspected of killing Reese and Wells did so after acquiring a .380-caliber pistol from another residence before driving to the CR 425 location and then tried to cover up the crime by setting the home on fire.

The warrant, which was issued June 17 for Curbow on an arson charge, offers details of the alleged murder as well.

According to the affidavit, a dispute between Frink and Wells earlier May 15 might have triggered the eventual murders. The document stated the two had an “altercation” in the CR 425 residence about 3 p.m. Currie was present at the time.

Frink and Currie were living at the residence with Wells and Reece, the affidavit stated. After the altercation, Frink and Currie called 9-1-1 and requested to meet with a deputy, but when the officer arrived, the two were gone.

At some point, Currie and Frink drove to Curbow’s residence in the 700 block of Horseshoe Bay Boulevard in Horseshoe Bay.

Currie and Curbow then left Horseshoe Bay between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. for another Spicewood residence, where Currie allegedly borrowed a .380-caliber pistol from another person (who is not charged in this case), according to the affidavit. Currie and Curbow returned to the CR 425 residence sometime after 11:15 p.m. when Currie and Wells got into an argument, the document stated.

Currie then shot and killed Wells, the affidavit stated.

The .380 pistol apparently jammed, but Currie knew Wells carried a .38-caliber revolver and told Curbow to get it, the document stated.

Curbow retrieved the handgun and gave it to Currie, who then used it to kill Reese, the affidavit stated.

According to the affidavit, Curbow confessed that after Currie killed the two individuals, he told Curbow to get a gas can so they could burn down the house.

“Curbow stated that he went to the car, got the gas can and returned to the house. Curbow then stated he took a couple of steps inside the house and poured gas out onto the floor, dropped the gas can and went back to the car,” the affidavit stated.

Currie then lit the gas on fire and left, the document stated.

Officials believe the men started the fire to cover up the capital murder offense, the affidavit stated.

Authorities charged Curbow with capital murder and a first-degree felony arson. If convicted of capital murder, he could face the death penalty. The first-degree arson could bring up to life in prison.

daniel@thepicayune.com