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2010-10-14 / Front Page

Man Arrested for Beating Girlfriend to Death

Freda Lorraine Rubio Freda Lorraine Rubio The Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call early last Saturday morning at 3:45 a.m. Officers were dispatched to a home located at 4735 CR 309 in Blue just west of FM 696. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Freda Lorraine Rubio, 39, dead in the front yard, where it appeared she had been beaten to death. She had wounds to her head that investigators said were caused by blunt force trauma.

The Sheriff ’s Department arrested John “Tex” Denham, 49, at the scene and took him to the Lee County Law Enforcement Center where he was charged with murder for the beating death of Rubio. He is being held without bail.

The inquest was held by Lee County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Nick Hester of Lexington. Judge Hester said, “The scene was a horrific sight and this is the part of my job that you never want to have to do. My heart goes out to her family.”

John “Tex” Denham John “Tex” Denham Rubio’s body was taken to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Investigators also found in the house a pit bull that had been mutilated.

The house is on about 3.5 acres of land that Denham had owned for over 10 years. Rubio had been living at that location with him for approximately two weeks.

Records indicate Denham has some criminal history, including a 2008 conviction for possession of marijuana in Lee County, and two other incidents in Austin for drunkenness and trespassing charges.

Freda Lorraine Rubio was a home healthcare aide and is survived by four children, three grandchildren and two grandchildren on the way. She had lived in the area for some time and has relatives in McDade, Rockdale and Bastrop. A complete obituary can be found in today’s paper.

The murder investigation is ongoing and officers working the crime scene included Lee County Sheriff Rodney Meyer, Chief Deputy Charles Kothmann, Deputy Derrick Easley, Deputy Lee Liles, Texas Ranger Jimmy Schroeder, Captain Adam Gonzales, Deputy Michael York, and Deputy Nathan Lapham. Sheriff Meyer said this is the first murder investigation in Lee County since August 2006.

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