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.

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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.

Original story:

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.

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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.