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Rangers probe woman’s death
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TRINITY – Circumstances surrounding the death of a 30-year-old Trinity Cove woman last week were being investigated by the Texas Rangers and the Trinity County District Attorney’s Office. Shayla Rightmire was pronounced dead outside her Trinity Cove residence at around midnight on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24. According to Trinity County Sheriff Ralph Montemayor, deputies responded at about 11:39 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23. to a call at 152 Dogwood Street in Trinity Cove. They found Rightmire laying in a vacant lot next to her home. The woman was subsequently formally pronounced dead by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Bernie Beard, who also ordered an autopsy. Montemayor said a witness reported that Rightmire had been stuck and killed by a vehicle driven by her husband, Charles Aaron Rightmire, as he drove away from the residence. The sheriff said deputies found the woman’s body near tire impressions believed to have been left by Charles Rightmire’s duel wheeled truck. Montemayor said the woman’s husband was cooperating with the ongoing investigation. No charges have been filed in the case and the sheriff said the information obtained by investigators will be presented to a Trinity County grand jury for their review. The woman was one of six suspects arrested in three separate drug stings conducted by the Precinct 1 Constable’s Office between Nov. 15-18. Shayla Rightmire and Shyan Spikes, 22, were taken into custody on Nov. 16 on felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamines) and possession of controlled substances. The two were arrested following an undercover drug purchase made in the Pinecrest Estates subdivision south of Trinity.


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