• December 7, 2016

Wife sentenced to 60 years in 1999 shooting death of husband

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Posted: Friday, December 2, 2016 4:30 am

On Jan. 29, 1999, the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 700 block of Lawson Lane, to a questionable death at the home of Raymond Litchfield.

Officers entered the residence and noticed the body of the victim on the kitchen floor of the residence; the body was totally nude and covered in blood.

The victim had a gunshot wound to the right side of the chest and two gunshot wounds to the back.

Margaret Litchfield told investigators she received a phone call at 5 a.m. that woke her and her husband up.

Margaret Litchfield told investigators Raymond Litchfield decided to get up and drink some coffee. As she was leaving, it was raining so Raymond Litchfield said he was going back to bed.

Raymond Litchfield told Margaret to leave the gate open as “some guys were coming over.”

Margaret Litchfield reportedly left Raymond at the residence at 6:30 a.m. and returned to the residence at 2 p.m. to find Raymond Litchfield dead.

Tom Bevel, crime-scene reconstructionist, testified the victim was in bed asleep on his back when he was shot in the chest. As he rolled to his left, he was shot again.

The victim was able to get out of bed and move toward the doorway when he was shot another time. The victim moved down the hallway to the front of the refrigerator where his body came to rest.

Medical Examiner Dr. Kendall Crowns testified the victim’s body was in a stage of rigor mortis that he determined was between eight and 18 hours, but based on his training and experience was more likely about the 12-hour mark.

Other witnesses included individuals with banking and financial information related to the financial condition of the couple. They testified Margaret Litchfield was concerned that Raymond Litchfield was going to learn of an outstanding debt on a credit card that she had not advised him of that he was going to learn when applying for a loan for a new boat he was set to purchase Jan. 29, 1999.

In all, 33 witnesses testified and over 140 exhibits were entered during the two-week long trial. The jury deliberated for four hours before reaching their verdict of guilty.

Margaret Litchfield was sentenced by 52nd Judicial District Judge Trent Farrell, who then heard from four witnesses from the state and seven witnesses from the defense during a sentencing hearing.

Following testimony Farrell broke for lunch and took the sentence under advisement until 2 p.m. where he then sentenced the defendant to 60 years at Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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