Grand jury indicts homeless man in Lufkin drowning

Winfred Kilgore mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Winfred Kilgore mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County grand jury has indicted a homeless man accused of drowning to death a woman in a Lufkin creek.

Montgomery Kilgore Jr., 55, is charged with murder.

Lufkin Police arrested Kilgore in August, after the body of Joy Yvette Bybee was found near a creek on the 300 block of South Timberland Drive.

According to the arrest affidavit, Kilgore said he and Bybee were in the creek and talking about their past military backgrounds, which included their training on holding their breath under water for long periods of time.

Kilgore said he held his breath under water as Bybee held her hand on top of his head for about five minutes, according to the affidavit. Kilgore said once he needed air, he stood up and caught his breath.

Bybee then insisted he hold her head under water so she could hold her breath. Kilgore said he refused, but she ordered him to. Kilgore said "that he was in the military and when someone orders you to do something, you do it," according to the affidavit.

Kilgore then said he grabbed Bybee by the back of the neck and held her head under water, then "blanked out" and started thinking of Vietnam and being in the army, according to the affidavit.

When Kilgore "came to," he looked down and saw bubbles and realized he had held her there too long, according to the affidavit. Kilgore said he estimated he held Bybee under water for at least three minutes, according to the affidavit and that she was struggling against him as he held her under water.

Kilgore said he knew she was dead after checking her pulse and seeing she was not breathing, according to the affidavit. He said he then dragged her body out of the creek and placed her on mattresses underneath the bridge, drank the remaining beer out of a 30-pack, smoked a few cigarettes and went to sleep next to her body, according to the affidavit.

Kilgore said he woke up the next morning and told Bybee he was sorry and kissed her, according to the affidavit. Kilgore said he noticed drag marks from the creek to the mattress, so he covered up the marks and left Lufkin, according to the affidavit.

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