The trial for the 2017 murder of 65-year-old Joel Frazier started Tuesday morning in Dalhart.
Kory Tidrow is charged with first-degree murder after Frazier went missing in July of 2017.
The state said authorities found Frazier’s body “burned, charred and mummified” in a broken down incinerator at a Dalhart meat processing plant in 2017.
Tidrow rejected a plea deal of 40 years for pleading guilty to the murder charge.
Tidrow was also indicted for possession of an unregistered and sawed-off rifle a Rossi .357 Magnum with a barrel length of less than 16 inches that The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives seized.
Benjamin Buck was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence by destroying or concealing a human corpse, accepted a plea deal of five years in prison with a maximum of 20 years.
Buck stated that Tidrow told him to bring a wheelbarrow, a sheet, and orange twine to his house and when he arrived, he saw Frazier slumped over on a chair with black powder and blood on him.
Buck also told the state that he saw Tidrow and Camila Frazier-Tidrow operating the incinerator where the body was found.
Frazier’s daughter, Camila Frazier-Tidrow, is also facing first-degree murder charges.
The state claims Frazier-Tidrow was “bent out of shape” with her father’s plan of making his youngest child the beneficiary in his will.