UPDATE: Cherokee County woman charged with first-degree murder of her husband

Published on Thursday, 27 February 2014 16:39 - Written by

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A woman confessed to Cherokee County Sheriff investigators that she killed her 76-year-old husband.

Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell says dispatch received a call around 11 a.m. Wednesday from a distraught woman who said she shot her husband.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence located in the 9000 block of US Hwy 84 West, Rusk, Texas. 

Upon arrival, deputies detained a female identified as Rebecca Barker, 52.  Deputies observed a male subject sitting in a chair, in the living room, deceased by what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

Rebecca Barker was transported to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and interviewed. She was subsequently charged with first-degree murder. 

Mrs. Barker was arraigned by Precinct One Justice of the Peace, Judge Brenda Dominy, and bond was set at $500,000.

The victim was identified as Jerry Barker, 76, of Rusk.