Charges of arson and attempted murder in connection with an October 2019 fire in Crandall that left an elderly woman hospitalized have been upgraded to capital murder, according to the Kaufman Count Sheriff’s Office.

Meanwhile, a $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

On Oct. 15, 2019, at approximately 9:38 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a residential fire with a person still inside. The residence was located near Crandall in the 4500 block of FM 148 in rural Kaufman County. A Good Samaritan who had been flagged down by neighbors went into the house and found 78-year-old Peggy Wright tied to a folding chair, according to the Sheriff’s Office. With the help of a firefighter, she was rescued from the residence.

Wright was transported to a local hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. She told investigators that she had been met at her back door by a female who pointed a pistol at her. The perpetrator pushed her way into the house, demanded money, tied Wright to the chair and rummaged through the house. Before leaving, the intruder set a fire in the kitchen, leaving Mrs. Wright tied to the chair, according to authorities.

The suspect was wearing a black hoodie and was described as a heavy-set white female with reddish or strawberry blonde hair, wearing gold-rimmed glasses.

Wright remained in the hospital and ultimately succumbed to her injuries in April 2020. Charges in the case have been upgraded to capital murder. KCSO asks if anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office at 469 376-4500 or submit at tip to

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