Barnhill, three connected in Frazar death indicted for first degree murder

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The man accused of shooting his Nacogdoches wife to death through her kitchen window while cooking for her two small children was indicted Friday for first-degree murder.

Also, the three men accused in connection with the death of SFA student Charles Frazar were indicted for murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Nacogdoches District Attorney Nicole LoStracco said in a press release there was no way to bring the charge of capital murder against Barnhill.

"The fact that an offense appears to have been pre-meditated, as many have asked, is not one of the factors that elevate a murder to a Capital case," the press release stated. "The desire to bring a charge of Capital Murder to the Grand Jury because of the heinous nature of a crime cannot overcome the fact that such a prosecution is not allowed under the Texas Penal Code."

While Okeiron Bowser, Marlon Randle and Marsh Odom were initially charged with capital murder, the press release stated a jury would not consider execution as a punishment for the three because Frazar was allegedly involved in a drug deal at the time. The release also stated the absence of a prior criminal history for the three was another reason not to charge them with capital murder.