A man and a woman have been arrested and charged with capital murder in the stabbing death of a Weston Lakes woman during what has been characterized as a home invasion.
Arrested and charged with the murder of Martha Fields is Angela A. Lara, 24, of Victoria, and Kevin Chase Cypher, 19, of Houston. The two are being held in Fort Bend County Jail in Richmond on $1 million bond apiece on capital murder charges, according to a Fort Bend County Sheriff’s report.
Sheriff’s detectives, Texas Rangers and officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety assisted in the arrest, which the sheriff’s office said “relate to the robbery and murder of Martha Fields.”
A retired school teacher, Fields, 54, died Thursday afternoon after several surgeries.
Fields was tied up and stabbed numerous times last Tuesday morning during an apparent home invasion at Weston Lakes, an exclusive gated community west of Fulshear.
Fort Bend County Sheriff’s detectives said last week they had little to go on in the case other than information Fields provided to an emergency operator, in a 911 call she made at about 11 a.m. Tuesday after freeing herself from her bonds.
“It appears they forced their way in into the victim’s home, demanded money, and subsequently stabbed her numerous times,” a Wednesday sheriff’s report said. “After binding the victim’s hands together, they fled the area in an unknown direction.”
Ironically, Weston Lakes was one of the first gated communities built in Fort Bend County. The community employs a guard at the gatehouse, who logs in all visitors.
However, extensive construction is ongoing at the community, as several new homes are being built, and law enforcement officials have speculated that the suspects in what now has become a murder case could have posed as construction workers to gain entry.