Margaret Litchfield, 58, has been sentenced to 60 years behind bars for murdering her husband over 15 years ago.
It was January 29, 1999 when police responded to the Litchfields’ home in Coryell County, Texas. There, they found Raymond Litchfield in the kitchen, naked and suffering from three separate gunshot wounds.
Margaret told police that on that day, the phone rang at 5 a.m. Roused him his slumber, she said her husband got up and made himself a cup of coffee. At 6:30 a.m., Margaret said she left and Raymond asked if she’d leave the gate open as he was having some friends over later. He went back to bed, and she said she did as he asked. When she came home at 2 p.m. that afternoon, Raymond was already dead, bleeding out on the kitchen floor. She called 9-1-1, telling them his body was cold, and asking what she should do.
For many years, the case went unsolved, and Margaret lived on as a widow. But Raymond’s sister never gave up hope that justice would be served, pushing for the case to be reopened. Margaret was ultimatey arrested in 2015.
Investigators found that Raymond had been shot in bed, right through the chest, as he slept. When he rolled over, he was struck again. As he staggered out of the bed, the third shot pierced his body. It was in the kitchen where he collapsed and died. Ohter bullet holes in the home indicated that the killer had also fired and missed at least a few times. This wasn’t entirely out of line with Margaret’s version of events, as she did say her husband had gone back to bed, and the fictitious intruder could have, perhaps, entered through the open gate as he slept. However, forensic evidence indicated that Raymond had been dead for much longer than Margaret’s story would allow.
Witnesses in the trial would testify that the couple was having financial issues, or at least Margaret was. Raymond had just applied for a loan to buy a new boat, but unbeknownst to him, Margaret had racked up $8,000 on his credit card. Rather than tell him, the crone murdered him in his sleep. And she got away with it, too, for years on end. Now, she will die in prison.
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