Kingsland woman accused of murdering, setting husband on fire

Kathryn Louise Preston

KINGSLAND, Texas (KXAN) — A Llano County court will hear testimony Thursday morning from the Sheriff’s Office in the murder trial accusing a Kingsland woman of killing her husband and setting him on fire.

Kathryn Preston, 47, is charged with murder in the death of her 23-year-old husband. Llano County Sheriff’s Deputies say Preston wrapped his body in a blanket and set him on fire after killing him in August of 2014.

Police arrived to the home on the 200 block of McGee Trail at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 26, 2014. Preston was in the backyard when police showed up.

She told officers she had been abused by her husband and that he was on the bedroom floor after hitting his head on a rock. Jose Mario Hernandez’s body was found dead inside the home with a large piece of concrete next to him.

“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 taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder. The arrest report contends Preston “committed murder intentionally and knowingly, causing the death of Jose Hernandez by striking him with a rock.”

The trial began on Monday. The state is scheduled to present their arguments Thursday morning.

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