ALLEYTON--An Eagle Lake woman has been arrested on first degree murder charges in connection with a man found shot to death in a burning car in Alleyton June 16.
Kayla Kashawn Hurd, 21, Eagle Lake, was arrested late Thursday afternoon and remains in the Colorado County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond set by Stan Warfield, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4.
The body was discovered after CCSO deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of US 90 and Farm-to-Market Road 102 in Alleyton. The driver of the vehicle told deputies she had been robbed, sheriff's office officials said.
During the course of the crash investigation, deputied discovered another motor vehicle crash on Taylor Street; a vehicle was on fire and had been driven off the road in to a wooded area.
When the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the fire in the vehicle, a deceased person was discovered inside.
After an autopsy orderd by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Francis Truchard, it was determined that the victim, Joshua Wayne Thomas, 27, Columbus, died as a result of a gunshot wound. The death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.
"During the investigation, evidence was recovered that was sufficient to support criminal charges in connection with the death of Thomas," a CCSO official wrote in a statement to The Citizen.
CCSO officials were unable to release any information cocnerning the motive for the alleged crime due to an ongoing investigation.