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New Charges in Burnet Death Case

Updated: Monday, July 14 2014, 11:02 PM CDT
There are new charges for three people accused in a torture and kidnapping case.  Burnet police say these new charges stem from a homicide in the home.
Police paint a horrific scene of what happened inside; a woman held against her will, beatings, and sexual abuse.

"It's a horrible incident" says Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson.  The incident has resulted in new charges surrounding a death.  The ongoing investigation stemmed from allegations that Charlotte Arms, Thomas Simon, and Walker Shapland kidnapped and abused a woman several times for one year.

That woman's sister died in the house.  According to an affidavit she was confined and beaten with a wooden board.  Her death now ruled a homicide.  The trio is charged in that case but the charge is not murder.  We asked why.

"You've got to have intent to commit murder.  Right now that was not the intent. The intent was to commit assault" Chief Nelson explained.  He added without much evidence beyond the medical examiner's report, murder would be difficult to prove.  The suspects reportedly confessed to beating her.         

We tried to get comment from other family who lived in the house.  The house is now empty.  Code enforcement marked it as an uninhabitable dangerous building. 

Back at the police department, Chief Nelson encourages people to follow the see something say something rule. "We have a lot of people now saying well we seen this we seen that and that looked out of the 'norm' but we didn't want to call and bother people"

All three suspects are being held in the Burnet County jail.

By Melanie LoftonNew Charges in Burnet Death Case

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