Molly Matheson

Molly Matheson murder suspect had arrest record for choking, sexual assault — but never went to jail

The man accused of murdering a 22-year-old Texas Christian University woman had been accused multiple times in the past of choking and sexually assaulting women, but was never jailed.

Reginald Kimbro, 23, was arrested for the strangulation death of Molly Matheson, who was found dead in her apartment on the TCU campus on April 10. According to the Dallas Morning News, Kimbro has denied that he murdered Matheson, who he briefly dated, but admitted to going to her apartment that night, claiming she invited him over.

KXAS-TV obtained an arrest warrant affidavit showing that Kimbro was accused in 2014 of sexually assaulting and choking a woman at a South Padre Island resort. The charges were later dismissed, for reasons not known.

“The victim felt that she was going to die because Kimbro was choking her and covering her mouth and nose so she couldn’t breathe,” police wrote in the affidavit.

Six months later, another woman in Texas accused Kimbro of sexually assaulting and choking her. He was never arrested.

Both women said they were previously acquainted with Kimbro.

On Thursday, according to NBC Dallas Fort Worth, Kimbro’s charges were upgraded to capital murder after investigators found evidence that Matheson had been sexually assaulted.

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