Slain firefighter's widow is charged with capital murder due to new 'evidence the mother and her boyfriend shot him dead for money' in Texas, three years `ago
Chacey Tyler Poynter, 32, has been charged with capital murder of her husband
Previous murder charge was dropped and the count was upgraded after the state was presented with new evidence in Robert Poynter’s death
Prosecutors believe the widow killed her husband for ‘money and benefits controlled by’ him
A grand jury indicted Mrs Poynter on the capital murder charge April 26 and sealed information was made public Wednesday in 354th District Court
Her June 17 trial date for the lesser count of murder is still expected to go ahead
Michael Garza was convicted for his role in the killing and sentenced to 99 years in federal prison 2018
According to the Greenville Herald-Banner a grand jury indicted Chacey Poynter on the capital murder charge April 26. The sealed information was made public Wednesday in the 354th District Court.
The previous murder charge was dropped and the count was upgraded, however the trial date set for June 17 remains on schedule for the upgraded count.
Poynter was 29 at the time of the 18-year fire department veteran’s killing. She called cops around 10.40pm saying her husband had been shot. The parents of a six-year-old daughter had recently returned from a Mexico vacation.
She was arrested the next day after giving suspicious and conflicting information to authorities.
Police interviewed Chacey Poynter for nine hours the day after her husband’s death and Garza was arrested two days later.
A lifelong friend of Garza and another fellow trucker had claimed he told them details of what occurred before, during and after the slaying.
On April 15, Garza requested an appeal for his conviction after a two-week trial in July 2018.
Defense counsel Scott Cornuaud asked for all oral statements made by Mrs Poynter to be disregarded.
A 354th District Court judge denied the request April 26 following a hearing two days earlier. Now the request is pending with the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas.
Chacey Poynter is currently being held at Hunt County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.