DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR
BURNET — A state district judge sentenced Juston Aaron Curbow to 40 years in prison for the 2013 murders of two Spicewood residents.
Curbow, 36, of Horseshoe Bay pleaded guilty March 25 to two counts of murder for his role in the deaths of Thomas Edward Wells, 30, and Dorrina Ruth Reese, 42, in State District Judge Allan Garrett’s courtroom. He received 40-year prison terms for each murder, which he will serve concurrently.
“He wasn’t the shooter, but he was a participant in the murders of Wells and Reese,” said Burnet County District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee.
The actual shooter, Gregory Mark Currie, 30, of Cedar Town, Georgia, was found dead in the Burnet County Jail after hanging himself a few days after the murders. Another suspect, Melissa Marie Frink, 35, is charged with tampering with evidence in regards to the two murders. McAfee said Frink wasn’t present at the time of the murders but tampered with evidence in an effort to cover up the crime.
On May 15, 2013, Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department crews and Burnet County deputies responded to a fire at a residence in the 200 block of CR 425 just before midnight. When firefighters entered the home, they discovered the bodies of Wells and Reese. Both were shot.
Within a matter of hours after the discovery of the bodies, the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office, along with assistance from several other area agencies, arrested the three suspects.
According to McAfee, an argument between Currie and Wells escalated into the double-murder.
“Currie had lived with Reese and Wells. Currie’s girlfriend at the time had a disagreement the day before with Reese and Wells,” McAfee said.
Currie apparently returned to the Spicewood residence along with Curbow on May 15 after getting a gun from another man, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
“(Currie and Wells) got into an argument, and Currie shot Wells,” McAfee said. The district attorney said Currie’s gun apparently jammed, but the man knew Wells carried a gun as well, so he directed Curbow to get it.
“Currie then went and shot Dorrina Reese with that gun,” McAfee said. “We believe Curbow knew Currie was going to kill Reese with that gun. We also believe Curbow knew Currie was armed when they went to the house and was going to shoot Wells. So even though he didn’t shoot either one, Curbow was a participant in the murders of Reese and Wells.”
McAfee pointed out Curbow also poured gasoline around the house before Currie lit the fire in an effort to cover up the two murders.
Curbow faces up to life in prison.
“We talked to the families (of Reese and Wells) before the plea, and the families approved of it as did law enforcement,” McAfee said.