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Arrest made following deadly house fire in north Odessa

Linda Letcher, 71.
Linda Letcher, 71.(Ector County Jail)
Published: Apr. 26, 2021 at 9:23 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2021 at 2:46 PM CDT
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ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - A suspect has been arrested following a house fire that left one person dead in Odessa on Saturday afternoon.

Linda Letcher, 71, has been charged with Arson Causing Death, a first-degree felony.

According to the Ector County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the 6400 block of St. Louis Avenue at 1:56 p.m. for a report of a house fire.

Authorities found a victim inside the home and rushed her to the hospital. The victim, identified as Tommie Jone Rister, was transported to a hospital in Lubbock, where she passed away from her injuries.

An investigation led authorities to discover that the home was intentionally set on fire, and a suspect, identified as Letcher, was charged and arrested.

The sheriff’s office says their investigation is still ongoing.

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