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Affidavit: Man says he 'blanked out' when he killed Lufkin woman

Winfred Kilgore. Photo Source: Angelina County Jail. Winfred Kilgore. Photo Source: Angelina County Jail.
Joy Bybee. Photo Source: Angelina County Jail Joy Bybee. Photo Source: Angelina County Jail

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A homeless man said he "blanked out" while thinking about serving in Vietnam when he drowned a Lufkin woman to death two weeks ago, according to an arrest affidavit.

The affidavit shows a possible motive in the murder charge of Winfred Montgomery Kilgore Jr., 55, who is accused of killing Joy Yvette Bybee, by drowning her in a creek on the 300 block of South Timberland Drive.

Lufkin Police charged Kilgore with murder on Tuesday.

According to the affidavit, Kilgore said he and Bybee were in the creek and talking about their past military backgrounds, which included their training on holding their breath under water for long periods of time.

Kilgore said he held his breath under wather as Bybee held her hand on top of his head for about five minutes, according to the affidavit. Kilgore said once he needed air, he stood up and caught his breath.

Bybee then insisted he hold her head under water so she could hold her breath. Kilgore said he refused, but she ordered him to. Kilgore said "that he was in the military and when someone orders you to do something, you do it," according to the affidavit.

Kilgore then said he grabbed Bybee by the back of the neck and held her head under water, then "blanked out" and started thinking of Vietnam and being in the arm, according to the affidavit.

When Kilgore "came to," he looked down and saw bubbles and realized he had held her there too long, according to the affidavit. Kilgore said he estimated he held Bybee under water for at least three minutes, according to the affidavit and that she was struggling against him as he held her under water.

Kilgore said he knew she was dead after checking her pulse and seeing she was not breathing, according to the affidavit. He said he then dragged her body out of the creek and placed her on mattresses underneath the bridge, drank the remaining beer out of a 30-pack, smoked a few cigarrettes and went to sleep next to her body, according to the affidavit.

Kilgore said he woke up the next morning and told Bybee he was sorry and kissed her, according to the affidavit. Kilgore said he noticed drag marks from the creek to the mattress, so he covered up the marks and left Lufkin, according to the affidavit.

Lufkin Police asked for KTRE's assistance in helping with trying to find Kilgore for questioning. Jacksonville Police called Lufkin Police a short time after KTRE and its sister station in Tyler, KLTV, aired Kilgore's photograph and said a citizen saw the photo on the news and said they had seen Kilgore at the Jacksonville Walmart.


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