HOOKS, TX -- A man has been indicted for murder in the 2013 death of his fiancée.
According to a Bowie County Sheriff’s Office press release, on September 9, 2013 at approximately 2 a.m. the office was notified of a fire at a house in Hooks, TX. Once on scene, responding deputies found Sonjha Banks in the front yard. Her fiancée, identified as Toddrick Eugene Matthews, claimed that he just returned home to find his residence on fire with his fiancée deceased in the bathtub.
According to the press release it was apparent that she had been beaten as she had obvious trauma to her face and head. Investigators believed she died as a result of foul play and that the home had been intentionally burned in an attempt to conceal the murder.
The fire extinguished itself and did minimal damage to residence.
Toddrick Matthews spoke with Bowie County Investigator Will Buttram and retired Texas Ranger Jay Womack during the initial investigation. According to the release, “his alibi seemed self-serving and he claimed that someone had robbed his home of a small safe containing $9,000 in U.S. currency.” A search of the home resulted in a substantial amount of evidence being sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory.