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Woman Allegedly Murdered In Robbery Staged By Friend To Hide Crime

Amy Medina of Texas City, Texas is accused of staging a home invasion in order to kill her friend Lucy Betrand. Medina believed Betrand had stolen money from her bank account, authorities say.

By Eric Shorey

Police assumed a murdered woman in Texas was the victim of a home invasion — but further investigation revealed the killing may have been executed and arranged by her close friend.

Amy Medina was arrested in connection to the Aug. 9 killing of her friend Lucy Bertrand, according to KHOU11, a Houston, Texas-based news organization. Cory McCray, 19, and his girlfriend (a minor who remains unidentified due to her age) were also arrested in connection to the death.

Medina allegedly hired McCray and his partner to stage a robbery, according to The New York Post. Investigators were briefly fooled by the alleged ruse but discovered that Medina may have been orchestrating the crime following a dispute over money with Bertrand. Medina believed that Bertrand had stolen from her bank account, court documents say.

Medina's jewelry and cell phone were missing from the scene when police found the body, giving the crime the appearance of a robbery, according to ABC 13, a Houston, Texas-based ABC affiliate.

Medina and McCray allegedly beat Bertrand with a pistol during the staged burglary. Bertrand was then allegedly stabbed to death by the teen girl, according to court documents obtained by Click2Houston, a Houston, Texas-based NBC affiliate.

Medina was arrested on an unrelated warrant on Aug. 10, according to ABC 13.

McCray and his girlfriend will be held on a $250,000 bond when booked in the Galveston County Jail. Medina is charged with murder and is also being held on a $250,000 bond, according to Click2Houston.

Bertrand's family have created a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral costs.

[Photo: Galveston County Jail]

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