A Wichita County Grand Jury has indicted a murder suspect accused of killing an elderly woman by hitting her multiple times in the head with a blunt object.
Byron Rickard, 42, is indicted on capital murder while remuneration, which is for financial gain or benefit.
On April 28, authorities believe Rickard struck Ruby Ditto seven to eight times in the head at her rental property on North Beverly Drive with a blunt instrument, consistent with a hammer. According to police, Rickard told detectives he offered to help Ditto, and he left the house at noon that day, but surveillance video reportedly shows he left there around 4 p.m.
When confronted with the time discrepancy, police said Rickard told officers he had always had a problem with losing time and that he had no idea what happened to Ditto. According to his arrest affidavit, Rickard said Ditto even brought him lunch the day of the murder.
Ditto, 91, owned and managed properties in Wichita Falls and according to family members, she hired Rickard to work on her property. Ditto’s neighbor said she let him stay in a place at her property on Beverly.
Rickard’s bond is still set at more than $1.5 million.
Ditto’s death was the first homicide in Wichita Falls of the year.