Updated January 5, 2012- Beverly Mccolm was extradited by Logan County Sheriffs’ Office yesterday and is being held at the Logan County Detention Center on a charge of first degree murder.
December 22, 2011 – A Texas woman is under arrest for the murder of Francis Maurice Byrd inside his Guthrie home on December 7th.
Beverly Rhea McColm (08-29-1946) was arrested Tuesday (December 20) at her home in Forney, Texas for the murder according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations. McColm was booked into the Kaufman County, Texas, jail where she awaits extradition.
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Byrd, 60, and McColm, 65, were acquaintances and according to McColm she recently loaned Byrd $20,000 in the form of Wal Mart gift cards.
Guthrie police found Byrd dead with four gunshot wounds to his back.
Surveillance video from Macedonia Baptist Church, a block from Byrd’s home, located at 1223 East Vilas, and cell phone records put McColm at the crime scene.
Walmart cards and close to $2,000 in cash were recovered.
When confronted with the surveillance video, McColm admitted she’d lied. She told investigators she’d taken her male friend “Max” with her to Byrd’s residence the evening of Dec. 7 in order to intimidate him into returning her money. An altercation between Max and Byrd ensued. McColm said she heard gunshots while in the bathroom, saw Byrd bleeding from his back and left the house.
After reviewing the tapes from the church, no other vehicles or persons approached the house until the following morning when the landlord came over to collect the rent, but there was no answer at the door.
Byrd’s family became worried when they had not heard from him and contacted the police to do a welfare check on December 10th.