Grand jury indicts woman in murder-for-hire plot

Ruth Comer, 64, charged with solicitation of capital murder

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio woman was indicted Tuesday by a Bexar County grand jury for trying to hire a hitman to kill a woman and her husband.

Ruth Comer, 64, is charged with two counts of solicitation of capital murder. According to court documents, Comer solicited Charles Grube, a carnival worker, to kill Kristina Moore and her husband, Jacob Thomas.

Comer was first arrested for the crime in August 2013, though Bexar County District Clerk Donna Kay McKinney said the case was dismissed for further investigation in April 2014.

Her original arrest documents indicate a link to the still-unsolved January 2012 murder of Comer's boyfriend, Jerry Collins, in which police said Comer and Moore were both suspects. Collins's son, Jim, said Comer's indictment in the alleged  murder-for-hire plot was "a long time coming."

"Part of this ties into my father's murder," Jim Collins said. "So we're just looking forward to getting some sort of indictment and some sort of reprieve from all of this - whole situation."

Tuesday's indictment paperwork was short on details, but the original arrest affidavit from 2013 fleshed out the alleged murder-for-hire plan and the connection to the grisly death of Jerry Collins, who was found dead in his mobile home in the 800 block of Corrine Drive on Jan. 28, 2012.

Comer stood to gain a lot of money through Collins's will, police wrote in the 2013 affidavit, and Moore reportedly told a witness that Comer had given her $10,000 to pay someone to kill Collins.

Police did not name the suspected killer in the paperwork, citing an active murder investigation.


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