• October 24, 2016

Wife convicted in 1999 murder of husband near Cove

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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:30 am

Margaret Litchfield, the widow of a Coryell County man killed at his home more than 17 years ago, was convicted Friday of her late husband’s murder following a two-week trial in Gatesville.

After hearing from 32 people who testified and seeing 140 pieces of evidence, the jury took about 4½ hours to deliberate before handing down a guilty verdict in the long-awaited first-degree murder case.

Raymond Litchfield, 49, was found dead in a home on Lawson Lane near Copperas Cove on Jan. 29, 1999. Investigators said he was shot repeatedly with a .22-caliber pistol.

The case remained open and unsolved in the years following his death. As his death began to fade from the headlines, Raymond Litchfield’s sister, Faye Powell, worked to make sure investigators, the media and the public did not forget her brother’s case.

In 2014, she successfully lobbied Coryell County 52nd Judicial District Attorney Dusty Boyd to take another look at the case.

That effort led to Margaret Litchfield, 59, who was arrested in her husband’s death in April 2015.

Boyd said his prosecution team dug up finances in the case and found that Margaret Litchfield ran up more than $8,000 on her husband’s credit card before the murder.

When Raymond Litchfield tried to purchase a boat with the credit card, and was denied, it was only a matter of time before he would discover that his wife had used the credit card, according to the district attorney.

Rather than confront her husband about the debt on the credit card, Margaret Litchfield killed him, shooting her husband with a .22-caliber pistol, Boyd said. The pistol was never found. It was the only thing found missing after Raymond Litchfield was found dead, and there was no evidence the home had been broken into.

Margaret Litchfield will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Nov. 10 and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

“We’re extremely thankful to have Raymond’s family some peace,” Boyd said.

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