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Leggett indicted for murder in death of LHS student


LIVINGSTON —A Polk County grand jury indicted Rachel Nicol Leggett for murder Dec. 21 and District Judge Robert Hill Trapp signed an arrest warrant Thursday afternoon, which was executed by Lt. Craig Finegan a short time later, according to District Attorney Lee Hon. She had been released on $100,000 bond some time before 10 p.m. Leggett was indicted for the shooting of Rhett Lathan on Oct. 12, which occurred at her home in the 200 block of Easy St. Lathan died at a Houston hospital on Oct. 13. She faces 5 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, Hon said. Leggett was arrested within hours of the shooting and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. The grand jury also indicted Leggett on the two aggravated assault charges, Hon said. Judge Trapp set Leggett’s bond at $100,000 on the murder charge. “Any adjustment in that bond will have to be approved by Judge-Elect Kaycee Jones after she takes office the first of the year since this is already under the jurisdiction of the 411th District Court,” Hon said. Lathan and a friend were invited to Leggett’s house to play washers, according to witness statements reported in arrest affidavits on file in Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Darrell Longino’s office and made available under the Texas Open Records Act. The uninjured juvenile passenger said the defendant fired multiple times toward the vehicle. Lathan was struck and the passenger backed the truck away from the house, then moved to the driver’s seat and drove Lathan to the hospital and called 911 on the way. Investigators found a penetrating bullet hole in the driver’s side door and another nonpenetrating impression to the rear driver’s side door


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