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Friends of murdered Bowie Co. mother react to teen's arrest

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BOWIE CO., TX (KSLA) -

Friends of a Texarkana mother who was murdered along with her children in May say they're not convinced it's 'case closed' with the arrest of a 16-year-old Redwater girl.

The teen was arrested early Saturday morning by Bowie County Sheriff's investigators, after she allegedly admitted to killing 34-year-old Amanda Doss, 8-year-old Texas Johnson and 11-year-old Guinivere Doss. Their bodies were pulled from the burned out rubble of their rural Bowie County home on May 11th. Autopsies confirmed all three died from violent injuries prior to the fire, which investigators believe was set to destroy evidence of the murders.

Friends of the murdered mother say news of the arrests bring a mix of relief and doubt. "It's a relief, but we think there is more to it," says Melinda Hendrix. "The family, the friends, and everybody. We think there is more to it than what the girl is saying." Hendrix and others have posted flyers offering a reward for information about the killings, and they say they will continue to do so.

"We believe that she committed this act by herself," Prince said at a 4:30 a.m. news conference Saturday morning. "She gave us enough information in the interview to where there's no doubt in our mind that she is the one who committed this crime." Prince went on to say that there was information that they intentionally did not give out when the crime occurred, "and we did that because only the person that was involved and the police knew what had happened. The juvenile we've interviewed tonight knew that information, information she would not have known. Also, evidence at the scene matches what she has told us." He declined going into further detail saying they don't want to jeopardize the prosecution of the case.

The arrest in the three-month old triple murder case came following a stunning phone call from the girl's mother Friday night. Prince said the mother made the call "not long" after she learned of her daughter's alleged crime. "It was a hard decision for her to make, but she knew it was the right thing to do," he said. "It's a shock to her, it's a shock to them, it's a shock to the whole community, I'm sure it'll be a shock, I'm sure when everybody finds out actually who did this. It's just at this time, because it's a juvenile, we cannot give out a name."

The Redwater High School student is charged with three counts of capital murder and could be prosecuted as an adult. If so, her name will be released.


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