Woman arrested in arson death at Kingwood home – Houston Chronicle

Nicole Hensley, 

Aug. 27, 2021Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 11:05 a.m.

Harris County Sheriff’s Department / Harris County Sheriff’s Department

Police arrested on Thursday a 19-year-old woman accused of setting two people on fire — one of whom died — after dousing them with gasoline at a Kingwood home.

The woman, Emma Presler, was apprehended in Montgomery County on a murder charge in the Aug. 6 death of Devin Graham, who authorities found doused in gasoline and set ablaze. He had burns to more than 90 percent of his body, according to court documents.

A neighbor heard Graham scream for help. He managed then to disclose who attacked him and died two days later.

Jail records show Presler was arrested in the 21000 block of FM 2920 in Tomball.

The killing comes almost one year after a Harris County magistrate dismissed another murder charge against Presler in a separate killing.

She was previously charged in connection to the Sept. 13, 2020, death of 20-year-old Sierra Rhodd, court records show.

Authorities said Rhodd was the unintended victim in a retaliatory shooting over drugs. Rhodd, who had cerebral palsy, was found dead in her bed after several shooters opened fire on her home with parents and teen brother inside, police said.

Presler is also wanted in Harris County on a March 2021 felony drug charge of methamphetamine possession, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

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Nicole Hensley is a staff writer for the Houston Chronicle. She joined the Chronicle in 2018 from the New York Daily News and after writing for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. A native of Seattle, Nicole is a graduate of Washington State University.

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