A teen woman who was cleared of charges tied to the murder of disabled woman last year has been charged with murder for dousing a couple with a flammable fluid and setting them on fire in their home.
Emma Presler, 19, has not yet been taken into custody but has been charged with murder and a warrant has been issued for her arrest, the Houston Police Department said in a news release.
Presler is believed to have thrown a flammable substance on Devin Graham, 33, and lit him on fire in a home in the Houston suburb of Kingwood around 10 p.m. on August 6, cops said in the release.
His girlfriend Karissa Lindros, 26, was also severely burned – and the couple was taken by helicopter to a local hospital, where Graham died from his injuries two days later and Lindros remains fighting for her life weeks later, according to a GoFundMe.
Emma Presler, 19, left, has been charged with murder for the death of Devin Graham, right, who was killed when Presler allegedly lit him and his girlfriend Karissa Lindros, right, on fire
Presler was cleared of charges tied to the murder of disabled woman last year
Graham has three children left without a father and Lindros hopes to recover to return home to her little girls soon
Karissa Lindros is pictured before the horrific incident left her fighting for her life
It was not immediately clear what has led to Presler being named as a suspect for the burning death of Graham.
The charges against Presler, filed by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office with murder in the 435th District Court, come after Presler was accused of being involved in the murder of another woman with cerebral palsy last year.
Presler was cleared of her charges for the death of Sierra Rhodd, 20, when a judge found that there was no probable cause in her case.
Rhodd was sleeping on September 13 when a volley of bullets were fired into her Cyprus home, killing her. Her parents and brother were home but were not hit.
The alleged shooters took off in a number of vehicles after the drive-by, and Presler was allegedly found driving a red pickup truck owned by her boyfriend Austin McCalla nearby.
‘Just because I drive a red truck doesn’t mean I’m involved in a murder,’ the judge told prosecutors in court, according to KTRK-TV.
‘There’s a lot of things that indicate she may be involved, but until you have something that goes beyond reasonable suspicion, you don’t have probable cause.’
Krystalee Rhodd, Sierra’s mother, told the outlet that Presler escaped justice for her daughter’s case because of a ‘failure of the system.’
‘These monsters took her from me,’ she said. ‘I think that they all need to be in jail for it, including [Presler].’
Presler was cleared of her charges for the death of Sierra Rhodd, pictured, when a judge found that there was no probable cause in her case
Rhodd was sleeping on September 13 when a volley of bullets were fired into her Cyprus home, killing her
Lindros’ aunt Lisa Sherlock told KTRK-TV that the family is relieved Presler has been named as the suspect, and noted that the two know each other – though further details about the relationship remains unclear.
‘We actually have a name now, and a face, of who did this,’ Sherlock said.
She urged anyone who knows where Presler may be to come forward so that cops can arrest her.
‘Oh God, please, if you know where she is, if you know anything about where she’s staying, please, please come forward,’ Sherlock said. ‘Karissa and Devin did not deserve this.’
Sherlock said that Graham has three children left without a father and that Lindros hopes to recover to return home to her little girls soon.
Residents in the neighborhood where Presler lives with her grandparents told Daily Beast that they have seen evidence of prostitution and drug deals at the home.
‘It never stops,’ said a neighbor who identified herself as Aline.
She added: ‘I hope the cops will finally start believing us. We’re hoping that they get out of the neighborhood.’
Tonya Woods, 57, told the outlet cops have often been called to the home, for incidents including ‘shootings, assaults, and at least one suspicious fire.’
‘It’s absolutely crazy. But it’s also very sad,’ Woods told Daily Beast. ‘God only knows what else is going on in that house.’
Presler has previously faced numerous other charges, including theft, drug possession, evading arrest, and failure to appear in court. She has an additional felony warrant outstanding for meth possession.