Suspect will not face murder charge in Texas woman's death - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Suspect will not face murder charge in West Texas woman's death

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HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (KCBD) – A Mississippi man stands indicted for arson and desecration of a corpse in the death of a west Texas woman.  Natasha Carpenter, 30 died in September 2009.  Authorities say Mark Anthony Rice, 48 of Kiln, admitted to killing her in California.

The Sea Coast Echo reports that Rice could be freed as early as February, because officials in California and Mississippi are not going to prosecute for murder.  The newspaper reports that Rice was indicted on November 18, but it wasn't made public until Monday.  He had been charged with capital murder, but the Hancock County Grand Jury did not indict him for that, because the death did not occur in Hancock County.

Authorities told the newspaper that Carpenter was from Lubbock, but her obituary says she was born in Amarillo and attended Tascosa High School.  According to the Sea Coast Echo's report, Rice told investigators he was high on crystal meth for six days prior to the murder, and that Carpenter died after a bizarre sex act.

(Click Here) to read the Sea Cost Echo's report.

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