Woman pleads guilty to 2021 murder of an elderly White Oak man

WHITE OAK, Texas (KETK) – A Longview woman charged with first degree felony murder of a 66-year-old man pleaded guilty on Monday.

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<em>Mugshot of Regina Massie, courtesy of Gregg County Jail. </em>
Mugshot of Regina Massie, courtesy of Gregg County Jail.

According to case records, Regina Massie, 40, pleaded guilty to the 2021 murder of Steve McDowell, of White Oak.

An arrest warrant said neighbors found McDowell dead on his bed with a head wound that had a large amount of blood around it.

McDowell had reportedly hired Massie and her boyfriend Brandon Gilliam, 42 of Longview, to repair his pickup truck but then McDowell discovered money was missing.

Documents show, Massie told investigators that McDowell confronted Gilliam about the theft and she saw Gilliam hit McDowell in the head with a foot-long pipe and try to suffocate him by covering his nose and mouth.

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She also reportedly told investigators that Gilliam told her “McDowell should not have died over $35.”

Massie will be sentenced on June 5. Gilliam was also charged with first degree felony murder in connection to the case.

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