COPPERAS COVE, Texas — A Copperas Cove man and woman were arrested by the Copperas Cove Police Department on Friday on a suspicion of kidnapping and assaulting a woman after their car with the woman’s body was set ablaze in a Thursday accident.
According to a CCPS news release, a single-car accident occurred at 4:24 p.m. Thursday in the area of Blue Stem and Lutheran Church Road. The driver lost control and the vehicle rolled, which caused the two occupants, identified as Gwendolyn Inez Greene and Steven Edwin Barker, to be thrown from the car. Emergency crews also found the body of Catherine Jackson Greene, 57, in a trunk of a vehicle after extinguishing the blazing vehicle that was involved in the accident.
“We got a report of a vehicle rollover, and when we and emergency crews got out there, the vehicle was totally engulfed in flames,” said Coryell Sheriff Johnny Burks, who had jurisdiction where the accident took place.
However, preliminary investigations led investigators to believe that the incident started in Copperas Cove, so CCPD took the lead on the case. Copperas Cove continued to investigate the incident on Friday and eventually arrested the two occupants on several charges, according to the release. Details leading to the arrests were not release by the police for an on going investigation.
Meanwhile, Bell County Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Steven Edwin Barker, 31, of Copperas Cove, on a charge of aggravated kidnapping late Friday. Potvin set his bond at $500,000. Potvin also arraigned Gwendolyn Inez Greene, 19, of Copperas Cove, on three charges — aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault causing bodily injury and family violence. Potvin also set her bond at $500,000.