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Barnhill, three connected in Frazar death indicted for first degree murder

The man accused of shooting his Nacogdoches wife to death through her kitchen window while cooking for her two small children was indicted Friday for first-degree murder.

Three men accused in connection with the death of SFA student Charles Frazar were indicted for murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Nacogdoches District Attorney Nicole LoStracco said in a press release there was no way to bring the charge of capital murder against Barnhill.

"The fact that an offense appears to have been pre-meditated, as many have asked, is not one of the factors that elevate a murder to a Capital case," the press release stated. "The desire to bring a charge of Capital Murder to the Grand Jury because of the heinous nature of a crime cannot overcome the fact that such a prosecution is not allowed under the Texas Penal Code."

While Okeiron Bowser, Marlon Randle and Marsh Odom were initially charged with capital murder, the press release stated a jury would not consider execution as a punishment for the three because Frazar was allegedly involved in a drug deal at the time. The release also stated the absence of a prior criminal history for the three was another reason not to charge them with capital murder.

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