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December 14, 2012

Grand jury hands down capital murder indictment

Parolee charged with brutally killing woman

By CHRISTIN COYNE

ccoyne@weatherforddemocrat.com

The man accused of brutally stabbing and killing 47-year-old Linda Surginer Preston in her home in October was indicted Thursday by a Parker County grand jury.

Hector Trejo, 28, was indicted on a charge of capital murder. The indictment alleges Trejo stabbed or cut Preston with a knife during the course of robbing her.

Parker County sheriff’s officials said Trejo, who had been doing work at the house that week for Preston’s landlords, repeatedly cut Preston’s neck after she refused to let him borrow her car.

Fighting a debilitating disease, Preston was reported by her family to be extremely weak to the point that she was unable to cook or get out of bed some days.

When Preston did not return phone calls by her family Oct. 11, family members became worried.

Preston’s husband drove to their house in the 1600 block of Wildwood Trail late that afternoon, where he reportedly found her dead in the living room and the back door ajar.

Sheriff’s office investigators reportedly located a knife in the yard believed to have been used in the killing.

Trejo was arrested the following day in Fort Worth on a parole violation warrant after Preston’s vehicle was located in the same nieghborhood, the sheriff’s office reported.

Trejo had been released on parole on Sept. 4 on special conditions that included he have the maximum level of supervision and undergo drug and alcohol testing, according to Jason Clark, spokesman with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Trejo was serving a five-year sentence after a May 2010 conviction for a September 2008 robbery where a man was pistol-whipped during a home invasion by Trejo and two other men.

The capital murder case against Jacob Evans was not presented Thursday but is expected to be presented by the end of the month, Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said.

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