Suspected killer denied bail

UPDATE: 03/18/09 11:26am: The Nacogdoches man accused of killing his wife was in front of an East Texas judge this morning. Kyle Barnhill was arraigned on first degree murder charges and was denied bail. Barnhill also requested a court appointed attorney.

UPDATE 03/18/09 08:00am: Kyle Barnhill is now in Nacogdoches police custody. Barnhilll was caught and arrested in Eagle pass, Tuesday night. A brief press conference was held later that evening after Barnhill's arrival.

Police waited on the landing strip of the Al Magnum airport for the plane carrying Kyle barnhill to arrive. Lieutenant Gregg Johnson said it took some extra help catching Barnhill.

"Through some investigation by the detectives and through some cooperating people we were able to locate where he was at," said Lt. Johnson. "From there we went ahead and contacted the rangers. The local ranger, who assisted us in getting in touch with the rangers down there we were able to arrest him."

Johnson also said that Barnhill has been cooperative throughout the process of bringing him back to East Texas. The suspect did not say a word while getting out of the DPS plane and into the police car. Johnson said they have not questioned Barnhill since last Wednesday evening after Melissa Barnhill was found murdered.

To watch him being transferred from the airplane to a vehicle click on the video to the right.

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Kyle Edwin Barnhill had "multiple fresh scratches on his face, arms and upper body, which would consist with someone going through the woods" after the shooting death of Melissa Kesinger Barnhill, a police arrest affidavit stated.

The Nacogdoches Police affidavit also stated a witness saw a male running out of a wooded area behind Melissa Barnhill's house and driving off in a vehicle that matched the one Kyle Barnhill was driving.

Melissa Barnhill was shot to death on March 12 at her Kings Row home in Nacogdoches by a single gunshot to her neck from a bullet shot through her kitchen window while she was cooking a meal for her two small daughters.

The affidavit states Melissa Barnhill had "ongoing problems with her husband Kyle Edwin Barnhill. Barnhill has made threats in the past to harm or kill Melissa."

Kyle Barnhill was arrested Monday without incident in Eagle Pass shortly after a first degree murder warrant for his arrest was made.

Kyle Barnhill is being transported from Eagle Pass and once back in Nacogdoches will be booked into the Nacogdoches County jail. A judge will review his bond. Currently, it's set for $750,000 on the murder charge and $20,000 on the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge. His case will be presented to the first available Nacogdoches County Grand Jury, possibly as early as this Friday.

Click here to read the arrest affidavit.