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A Texas serial killer and rapist has taken a plea deal and admitted to several attacks in order to avoid the death penalty.
Reginald Kimbro, 28, pleaded guilty on Friday to two 2017 murders as well as four sexual assaults he committed over the course of the previous five years, KXAS-TV reports. His plea came before the case could go to trial. The serial attacker was then sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the two murders.
He first killed Molly Jane Matheson, 22 — a Fort Worth woman and University of Kansas student who he had dated years prior — on April 9, 2017, according to a Friday press release from the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.
“She had been beaten and strangled and Kimbro attempted to destroy evidence by washing her in the shower and washing a load of laundry where he left behind his underwear,” the press release states. Fort Worth Police detectives connected Kimbro to the crime through DNA as well as cell phone records, electricity usage, and surveillance cameras.
About a week after Matheson’s murder (and while he was under investigation for it), Kimbro raped and strangled Megan Getrum, 36. He attacked the Plano woman, who he'd never met, as she was taking a hike near her home. The Plano Police connected Kimbro to that murder and rape with both DNA and witness statements.
Kimbro has also pleaded guilty to one sexual assault in 2012 and three in 2014, all in different counties. He received 20 years for each of the three of the four cases; one of the sexual assaults landed him another life sentence. In all he received life and 60 years for the sexual assaults.
Investigators also located four additional sexual assault victims who “described being drugged, strangled, and raped” who had not reported the crimes at the time, according to the press release. They were all prepared to testify against Kimbro.
“Reginald Kimbro is a serial rapist and a serial killer. He used his personality and charm to attract women or drugged them when that did not work,” Tarrant County Prosecutor Allenna Bangs stated on Friday. “He talked his way out of case after case until his violence culminated in the deaths of Molly Matheson and Megan Getrum.”
The sexual assaults led to the 2019 creation Molly Jane’s Law in Texas, which requires law enforcement to input pertinent information into a national database when investigating a sexual assault; it’s an effort to track serial rapists. It was named after Matheson.
While Kimbro dodged the death penalty with his pleas, he also waved all possibility of appeals.
A formal speech regarding the case is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
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