Kingsland woman accused of setting dead husband on fire

KINGSLAND, Texas (KXAN) — Llano County sheriff’s deputies say a woman charged with murder in the death of her 23-year-old husband wrapped his body in a blanket and set him on fire after killing him. Investigators say they got to the home in the 200 block of McGee Trail about 9:30 a.m. Aug. 26 to find Jose Mario Hernandez dead on the floor inside the home, a large piece of concrete next to his body.

Detectives say they got dispatched to the home in reference to a call about a fire with possible injuries. When they got there, they found Kathryn Louise Preston, 46, sitting in the backyard. She reportedly told them she had been abused by her husband and that he was on the bedroom floor — telling deputies that Hernandez had hit his head on a rock.

That’s when deputies entered the home and found Hernandez’s body in a bedroom.

“He had been wrapped in a blanket and set on fire,” reads the Llano County Jail arrest report. “There was a large piece of concrete next to his body … [deputies] observed an injury to the male subject’s head.”

Preston was then taken into custody, and Llano County authorities charged her the next day with first-degree murder. She was booked into the Llano County Jail and bond was set at $500,000.

The arrest report contends Preston “committed murder intentionally and knowingly, causing the death of Jose Hernandez by striking him with a rock.”

Police say that Preston and Hernandez had been in a relationship for at least two years. Investigators said they are still sifting through evidence and are in the process of interviewing witnesses. An autopsy for Hernandez was set for Aug. 27 at the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Texas Rangers and a State Fire Marshall were also called to the home to help with the investigation.

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