Chyann and Billy Bratcher appeared to be a happy young couple.
Billy mysteriously disappeared during a fishing trip.
Billy's parents didn't think this was an accident.
Chyann was born in 1972 and raised in Amarillo, Texas.
Money was tight for most of her childhood.
But she had a tight-knit family, and her lack of expensive toys and clothes rarely mattered to her.
Chyann was a happy person with a big heart.
Billy and Chyann met when she was 16, and he was 20.
He was a wonderful young man and he also had a big heart. But there was one difference- Billy's family had money.
Chyann's mother, Brenda, was controlling.
Brenda was concerned that her 16 year old daughter was dating a man who was 20.
At first, Brenda seemed happy with Chyann dating Billy. But then, she came home one day to find them in bed together.
After a few months of dating, Chyann became pregnant. Brenda threatened to charge Billy with rape.
But no charges were filed because Billy proposed to Chyann.
Billy and Chyann got married.
And Chyann gave birth to a daughter. This brought both families closer.
Chyann gave birth to a son, Tanner.
They were happy, but life wasn't perfect. They faced challenges- they lived paycheck to paycheck.
But they had Billy's family to fall back on.
In the middle of the night Billy apparently fell overboard and was reported missing. The rangers couldn't find him.
Chyann begged to go on the hunt for Billy as well.
Billy didn't get along with Chyann's mother and brother, Tommy. So why would he have gone to the lake with them?
Chyann started making plans for Billy's funeral before his body was found.
Billy's insurance policy was doubled if the cause of death was an accident.
Officially, Billy's death was ruled an accident. But Billy's family wasn't convinced.
Tommy told jurors that this wasn't the first time his family had committed insurance fraud.
Chyann's brother, Tommy, confessed to the crime of killing Billy. But he said Chyann and their mother were the true masterminds.
Chyann drove a tipsy Billy to the lake where he continued to drink. Then Tommy took the very intoxicated man out on the boat. Tommy made sure Billy drowned.
Chyann and Brenda claimed that they had nothing to do with Billy's death.
The jury eventually found Chyann and Brenda guilty. And they both got life in prison without the opportunity for parole. Tommy received a 30 year sentence. Both of Chyann's children have also separated themselves completely from her.