Three arrested in Burnet County double homicide


by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and photojournalist JOHN FISHER

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Posted on May 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 6:25 PM

SPICEWOOD, Texas -- People who live in the Burnet County community off County Road 425 in Spicewood used to describe their neighborhood as quiet and peaceful. Now they're not so sure.

Murder and arson investigations are underway at a home in the 200th block of CR 425. While responding to a fire around 11:40 Wednesday night, Spicewood volunteer firefighters found two bodies inside.

The victims are 42-year-old Dorrina Reese and 30-year-old Thomas Wells. Officials say the two were a couple.

Eight hours before they were found, a neighbor called 911 to report a disturbance happening at the home. The caller also noticed people were driving off.

At the home Thursday, investigators from various departments searched the property. Officials say they found the murder weapons, but will not specify what the weapons are or how the couple was killed.

Less than 24-hours after the initial call, investigators arrested three people. Gregory Currie, 30, from Georgia is charged with capital murder. A 34-year-old Marble Falls man, Justin Curbow, who used the alias "Juston," is also charged with capital murder. Melissa Frink, 33, of Brownwood, Texas is charged with tampering with physical evidence. Investigators say all three knew the victims.

"We're confident after that investigation and after the arrests, that everyone who was directly responsible for those murders has been captured," said Burnet County District Attorney Sonny McAfee.

Neighbors said the couple moved into the home in December 2012 and frequently hosted parties. They also said the two had several guests over daily.

One neighbor said that she often heard gunshots coming from the property. In the backyard, there is a target and range set up. That's where the woman said her neighbors would shoot off guns in the middle of the night.

Both Reese and Wells have criminal records for a variety of misdemeanors. Curbow and Frink also have criminal records.

The murders are still being investigated by the Burnet County Sheriff's Office. Investigators are waiting on autopsy reports from the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting an independent investigation into suspected arson connected to this case.

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