UPDATE: Wichita Falls Woman Dies After Beating; Suspect Is in Custody
UPDATE: Man in custody is charged with capital murder
Wichita Falls Police say 42-year-old Byron Jack Rickard is now charged with capital murder in the death of 91-year-old Ruby Ditto. Ditto was found by a neighbor in her back yard Sunday afternoon.
Rickard allegedly struck Ditto and left in her truck. Rickard was arrested on Sunday when officers found him in Ditto's truck. He was arrested on a warrant for an aggravated assault that took place in December 2018. Sources have told us that Rickard was also a tenant of Ditto. Ditto died of her injuries early Tuesday morning.
Rickard is held on a $250,000 bond on the aggravated assault charge and no bond was given on the capital murder charge.
Wichita Falls Police were called to a home in the 200 block of North Beverly Drive late Sunday afternoon on a report that an elderly woman had been beaten in the back yard of the home and her vehicle stolen.
The investigation into the woman's beating is now being treated as capital murder. The 91-year-old victim died around 4:30 am Tuesday at United Regional. Police have identified a suspect, but no arrest has been made as of Tuesday afternoon. The victim's identity has not yet been released.