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August 12, 2013

Woman found in freezer

Son found mother’s body in deep freeze, husband jailed on unrelated warrant.

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On Friday morning, MWPD arrested Huddleston, 49, on a blue warrant – violation of parole – and booked him into Palo Pinto County Jail.

MWPD Chief Dean Sullivan said Friday’s arrest was unrelated to the discovery of his wife’s body. Huddleston’s arrest history obtained by the Index showed a number of previous arrests, many on charges of possession of a controlled substance. Additionally, district court documents show he was convicted in 2005 of a first-degree felony for possession of methamphetamine, over 400 grams, and sentenced to 23 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The search warrant also provided the following information:

• On Wednesday night, Herrin, Huddleston, a young man who stays with them occasionally and Herrin’s son were at the home. The son said he left around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, and said his mother was well.

• According to Huddleston, Herrin was alive and well when he left for work around 6 a.m. Thursday and he said the young man who stays with them was asleep on the couch.

• When the MWPD responded and entered the house, one officer said the garage was in disarray with items strewn across the floor. Herrin’s son said this was unusual because the garage also served as Huddleston’s workshop, which he kept quite neat.

• MWPD found Herrin lying on her back in the freezer, missing one boot. She had not been moved nor did she have any obvious signs of injury, according to the warrant.

• The officer also added that Herrin’s supervisor at work received a text message from Herrin that morning saying that she did not feel well and would not come to work. Herrin reportedly did not use text messaging very frequently.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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