Reginald Kimbro, Man Accused in Two North Texas Assaults, Murders, Faces Second Capital Murder Charge

Officials have not said when trials in Dallas, Tarrant counties will begin

What to Know

  • Molly Matheson was killed April 10. Megan Getrum killed April 14, the same day detectives interviewed Kimbro about Matheson's death.
  • Reginald Kimbro indicted on two charges of capital murder, one in Tarrant County and one in Dallas County.

Reginald Gerard Kimbro, the man accused of sexually assaulting and murdering two North Texas women and raping a third, has been indicted on a second capital murder charge.

Kimbro, 24, is accused of killing both 36-year-old Megan Getrum, of Plano, and 22-year-old Molly Matheson, a former college girlfriend who lived in Fort Worth, within days of each other.

Matheson's body was found in her Fort Worth garage apartment by her mother on April 10. Detectives learned Matheson and Kimbro previously dated in 2014 while both were students at the University of Arkansas.

Matheson Family
Molly Matheson

In an interview with detectives four days after Matheson's death, Kimbro told police he and Molly were no longer dating but had kept in touch. He admitted to being at her apartment the night she died but said he left after a few hours and had nothing to do with her death.

That same day, April 14, was the last time anyone saw Getrum alive. She is believed to have disappeared from the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, not far from where she lived. Getrum's body was found in Lake Ray Hubbard April 15, but not identified until days later after her family reported her missing.

The man arrested and charged in the murder of a 22-year-old woman found dead in her garage apartment near Texas Christian University last month was twice before accused of sexual assault, according to his arrest warrant.

Authorities said an autopsy report revealed Getrum's death was the result of a "blunt injury" to the back of her neck. She had also been strangled and sexually assaulted. An arrest warrant indicated that detectives found Kimbro's DNA on Getrum's body during an autopsy. Authorities said they matched it with his DNA found earlier on the body of Matheson, who had also been sexually assaulted.

Getrum Family
Megan Getrum

Given that the two deaths occurred in two different counties, they are being prosecuted separately by two different district attorneys. Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson announced Aug. 10 she was seeking the death penalty in the Matheson capital murder case while Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson is seeking either the death penalty or a life sentence in the the Getrum case, whose body was found in Dallas County.

"We continue to pray for Megan Getrum's family. We also continue to pray for the family of Molly Matheson of Fort Worth, as Reginald Kimbro is also being charged with Capital Murder in connection to her death. We believe that justice will be served in both of these cases," Johnson said Tuesday.

Police said they arrested a man — charged with killing a Fort Worth woman — in connection with the death of a woman found in Lake Ray Hubbard in April.

With a charge of capital murder, a guilty verdict automatically carries a death sentence or mandatory life in prison without parole.

Kimbro was twice before accused of sexual assault, though no charges were filed in either case. The first assault allegedly took place in September 2012 where a woman reported Kimbro sexually assaulted her in Plano. Kimbro was never arrested in this case and the arrest warrant affidavit does not say why prosecutors declined to pursue the case.

The second assault allegedly took place in March 2014 at a resort on South Padre Island. In that incident, Kimbro claimed the sex was consensual and the charges were dismissed. However, in June 2017, the Cameron County District Attorney indicted Kimbro on an aggravated sexual assault charge from the 2014 incident. Officials did not say why, now, they were pursuing the case.

In both cases, police said Kimbro knew the women and strangled them during the assault. While Kimbro's connection to Matheson is clear, investigators have not said if Kimbro knew Getrum.

Kimbro is currently being held at the Tarrant County Lon Evans Correction Center on a $2.1 million bond. Officials have not said when they expect the trials to begin.

Online jail records do not indicate an attorney for him.

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