Livingston woman charged with murder for October shooting death of 16-year-old

Rachel Leggett (Source; Polk County Jail)
Rachel Leggett (Source; Polk County Jail)

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - After being referred to a Polk County grand jury for additional charges in connection to the October shooting death of a 16-year-old boy, a 42-year-old Livingston woman was booked into the Polk County Jail Thursday and charged with murder, a first-degree felony.

Rachel Leggett was released on a $100,000 bond later Thursday. When Leggett was first arrested on Oct. 13, she was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault causing serious injury.

According to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, deputies arrived at Leggett's house on Easy Street to investigate a report of a shooting on Oct.12. When they arrived, they learned that a 16-year-old boy, who was later identified as Rhett Latham, had been transported to a Livingston hospital for a treatment of a gunshot wound to his head.

Latham died at the hospital on Oct. 13.

Polk County Sheriff Kenneth Hammack said the case was being investigated by the Texas Rangers and that county's district attorney's office. At that time, Hammack said once their investigation was completed, the matter would be referred to a grand jury for consideration of additional charges.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Leggett said she was standing at her front door to her home when a vehicle went into her yard driving in an "erratic manner." She then got her .22-caliber rifle and fired toward the vehicle an unknown amount of times.

Lathan's passenger, Tanner Martin, 16, said Lathan was driving a Ford F-150, which belonged to Lathan. They pulled into the driveway expecting to attend a party hosted by Leggett's son, but left when they figured he was not at the home. Martin said Lathan pulled into the driveway, backed up in an effort to turn around and placed the truck into drive and began to leave the property when the shots were fired.

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