UPDATE: Capital murder charge filed suspect in custody No charges filed in woman’s death

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Update 10:27 am:

Memorial services for Ruby Ditto will be held Tuesday, May 7, at 2 pm with a visitation Monday, May 6, at 6 pm. Services are being held at Owens and Brumley Funeral Home located at 1317 9th St, Wichita Falls, TX. 


Update 8:45 am: 

On May 1, at approximately 3:30 pm detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department served a capital murder warrant on 42-year-old Byron Rickard for the murder of 91-year-old Ruby Ditto.


Charges have not been filed yet in the apparent beating death of an elderly woman Sunday afternoon on North Beverly. 

Wichita Falls police say Ruby Ditto. 91, was apparently beaten in the backyard of a home in the 200 block of North Beverly. Ditto died early Tuesday morning.

Police said they know where the suspect is now. They are waiting for the autopsy report and for the suspect’s rights to be read. Police also said that the suspect faces a capital murder charge.

Witnesses reported seeing Ditto and a man arguing in the backyard of a rental property that Ditto owned.

Witnesses said they saw the Ditto’s white pickup leave, then shortly after, she was found in the backyard with injuries. 

Police say they have recovered that truck and searched it for evidence.

Ditto is a former president of The League of Women Voters and had been a member of the Red River Quilters Guild.

She spoke several times to KFDX in the past about efforts to improve and beautify the Grant and Buchanan neighborhood.

She also appeared in city council meetings speaking on tenant and property issues.

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