DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR
BURNET — A Burnet County Grand Jury handed down indictments Aug. 6 against two people allegedly involved in a double-homicide in Spicewood earlier this year, but neither were indicted on murder charges.
The grand jury indicted Juston Aaron Curbow, 34, on first-degree felony arson with intent to damage a habitat or a place of worship and Melissa Frink, 34, on third-degree felony tampering with/fabrication of physical evidence.
On May 15, Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department crews along with Burnet County deputies responded to a report of a house fire in 200 block of CR 425 in Spicewood. While fighting the blaze, crews located the body of two people later identified as Thomas Wells, 30, and Dorrina Reese, 42.
Burnet County Sheriff’s Office investigators aided by the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Scene Unit and other local agencies arrested three people in connection to the double homicide the following day.
Along with Curbow and Frink, deputies arrested 30-year-old Mark Currie. Officials charged Currie and Curbow with capital murder. But on May 18, Burnet County jailers found Currie’s body in his cell after the man apparently hanged himself.
Investigators charged Frink with tampering with evidence.
In June, Burnet County deputies added the charge of arson against Curbow. In an arrest warrant affidavit, authorities stated that Curbow told them Currie shot the man and woman after an argument.
According to the affidavit, Curbow told investigators that, following the shooting, he poured gasoline on the floor of the house. But the suspect told deputies Currie actually lit the blaze.
The indictment stated that Curbow poured the gasoline on the floor and lit the floor on fire knowing Reese and Wills remained inside the house.
If convicted, Curbow could receive up to 99 years or life in prison.
He has not been indicted for capital murder.
Frink’s indictment stated she “knowingly and intentionally destroyed fingerprints with intent to impair their legibility or availability as evidence in the investigation.”
If convicted, she could receive up to 10 years in prison.
Both Curbow and Frink are still being held in the Burnet County Jail.