He lent his car to an accused murderer, who then fled to the border

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KLTV) - We have another update in the case of the Nacogdoches man accused of killing his wife while she was cooking dinner for her two children.

Kyle Barnhill was in front of an East Texas judge this morning. He was arraigned on first degree murder charges for the shooting death of his estranged wife Melissa Barnhill last week. Barnhill requested a court appointed attorney and was denied bail.

Barnhill was flown back Tuesday from Eagle Pass, located on the Texas-Mexico border, where he was originally arrested.

Now, a man named, Emmett Luman says he picked up Kyle Barnhill after Barnhill was questioned last week. Luman says Kyle was scratched up and had told Luman that he had been robbed. The next morning would be the last time Luman would see Barnhill.

"The police called me and they were asking me for information," said Luman, Kyle's friend. "I asked them to let me talk to Kyle before I give them anything and they wouldn't do it though, but anyhow, Kyle called me an hour or so after that and I went up and got him, carried him home and he took a shower and went to bed. He'd been up most all night. He was scratched up and everything said he'd been robbed that night that was on a Wednesday night. I remember cause he called me at church about 7 o'clock when church was just beginning and later on in the night when I got a call from police. I went and got him when he called me, carried him back home. He took a shower and went to bed. I woke him up about 10 o'clock. He got up and got dressed real quick. I was going to carry him back to Nacogdoches to the restaurant, but I needed to come over here to see Maggie (his wife), so I ended up letting him borrow my car and that's the last I seen him until I heard all this."

The district attorney says they hope to take case to trial by the end of the year or first of next year. The next step is for the police to wrap up their investigation, and get it to a grand jury. That could happen as soon as a week from Thursday.