Thursday, May 21, 2009

Arrest In Killeen Murder

A woman is in jail for her part in the murder of a Fort Hood soldier in Killeen.
Kathryn Nellie Briggs was in the Bell County Jail Wednesday, charged with capital murder in the October 2008 slaying of Fort Hood E-6 Ryan Michael Sullivan who was found dead in a Killeen town home after he failed to report for duty on post.

Briggs was arrested last Thursday at her home at 2201 Keepsake Dr. in Austin.

Her bond is set at $750,000.

The indictment handed up by the Bell County Grand Jury says she conspired with another soldier, John Anthony Valdez, to kill Sullivan in order to collect the murdered man’s $100,000 life insurance policy, of which Briggs was a beneficiary. Source:

There have been a number of plots of this type involving Fort Hood soldiers lately. Not sure why but I guess the lure of a $100,000 payoff is too much to resist.

The Temple Telegram has a really good article detailing this crime here.

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