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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 4:30 am

GATESVILLE — A capital murder indictment continues to stand on a former pastor, who is suspected of killing his wife in a March 2011 trailer fire.

A Coryell County grand jury reissued the capital murder indictment for David Keith Allen, 51, earlier this week after the case was investigated by District Attorney Dusty Boyd’s office.

Allen is suspected of killing his wife, Paula Allen. He was previously indicted in January 2012 and capital murder charge based on alleged evidence stemming from a fire investigation.

Boyd’s office began to reinvestigate the case after he took office this year.

“The new indictment reflects the result of that investigation,” he said. “It is not two charges, just one. It is the same incident, and the same crime with the same individuals.”

Allen, the former pastor of New Life Church of Restoration near Gatesville, is being held in Coryell County Jail on a $700,000 bail.

He has been in jail since January 2012.

The sheriff’s office and the state fire marshal’s office investigated the fire in connection with the death of Paula Allen. Their investigation led to David Allen’s original indictment.

Boyd couldn’t comment on what evidence changed for the new indictment.

At the time of David Allen’s arrest, Coryell County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Blakley wouldn’t release details about the case, but said the blaze “had to be ruled arson or the grand jury couldn’t have gotten the capital murder charge.”

According to previous reports, David Allen called 911 when he discovered his home ablaze on church property during the March 2011 incident.

Allen told firefighters arriving on scene he attempted to enter the home to save his wife but was overcome by smoke and flames. Firefighters checked the bedroom, where Allen said she should be, but they did not find her.

Paula Allen was later found less than a foot from the front door under a portion of the collapsed roof.

The state fire marshal’s report alleged that an accelerant was used to start the blaze in the living room.

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