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Spouse of slain Texas firefighter accused of capital murder

May 3, 2019
This photo provided by the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office shows Chacey Tyler Poynter. The widow of a Dallas-area firefighter faces a capital murder charge after prosecutors say new evidence led to the upgraded count in his 2016 fatal shooting. Poynter of Royse City was originally charged with conspiracy to commit murder, then charged with murder, following the off-duty death of Robert Poynter. He was a University Park Fire Department captain. (Hunt County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

ROYSE CITY, Texas (AP) — The widow of a Dallas-area firefighter faces a capital murder charge after prosecutors say new evidence led to the upgraded count in his 2016 fatal shooting.

Chacey Tyler Poynter of Royse City was originally charged with conspiracy to commit murder, then charged with murder, following the off-duty death of Robert Poynter. He was a University Park Fire Department captain.

The Greenville Herald-Banner reports a Hunt County grand jury April 26 indicted Chacey Poynter on the capital murder charge. Prosecutors allege the woman and Michael Glen Garza had an affair and killed her husband for his money.

Garza last summer was convicted of murder and sentenced to 99 years.

Poynter, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. An attorney for her didn’t immediately return a message Friday seeking comment.

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Information from: Herald-Banner, http://www.heraldbanner.com