An Eagle Lake woman arrested in 2019 for the murder of a Columbus man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
23-year-old Kayla Kashawn Hurd was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to murder in the death of 27-year-old Joshua Wayne Thomas.
Hurd was also sentenced to 12 months in the Colorado County Jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Her sentences will run concurrently.
On June 16, 2019, Colorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an early afternoon vehicle crash at Highway 90 and FM 102 in Alleyton, about four miles east of Columbus.
Hurd claimed at the time she was the driver of the vehicle, and that she had been robbed.
While investigating the initial crash, deputies discovered another crash nearby on Taylor Street. The vehicle on Taylor Street was on fire, and had driven off the roadway into a wooded area.
After extinguishing the fire, the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department found the body of a male, later identified as Thomas, inside the car.
The body was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office, who determined the manner of death was a homicide, and the cause of death was a gunshot wound. The Colorado County Sheriff’s Office said there was sufficient evidence to support criminal charges in connection to Thomas’ death.
Hurd was arrested on June 27, 2019 on a warrant for first degree murder. She has remained at the Colorado County Jail since that time on $250,000 bond.