Three members of Nancy Harvill’s family have been arrested in connection with her August 2011 beating death.

Harvill’s stepmother, Sherri Bowen and stepbrothers, Christopher Aldrich and John Aldrich, all of Dallas County, are charged with capital murder, kidnapping, first-degree battery and hindering apprehension.

The Aldrich brothers are also charged with abuse of a corpse and Bowen faces additional charges of financial identity theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Nancy Harville

Harville, 34, was “hog-tied”, tortured and beaten to death in August 2011 before her body was placed in a shallow grave in a shop connected to the family residence. Her body was discovered 15 months later, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.

Following an argument about Harville’s children, Bowen allegedly instructed Christopher and John Aldrich to tie their stepsister.

“The two suspects bound Nancy’s hands behind her back, then tied her feet together in a hog-tie fashion,” Dallas County Sheriff’s investigator Chuck Barker wrote in a news release. “All three suspects then began to beat and torture Nancy Harville by striking her repeatedly with their hands, broom sticks, baseball bats, cast iron pans, furniture, hot candle wax, kicking and shooting her with a spring-loaded airsoft gun. The continued abuse and torture ultimately led to her death.”

Bowen instructed other family members to participate by punching and kicking Harville while she remained bound and on the floor, according to Barker.

“The torture continued over the next 48 hours while Nancy remained bound and abused,” Barker said. “She was not permitted to eat, drink, or use the restroom and had been transported between the laundry room and living area for periods of abuse and torture.

“On Sunday, August 28, 2011, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., following her torture and subsequent death, Nancy was laid out in the laundry room where they straightened out her body and retied her. They then dragged Nancy’s corpse through the house, and out a back door leading into a shop-like addition to the family home.”

Harville’s body was wrapped in plastic and contorted to fit into a grave the Aldrich brothers dug with a tiller and shovels, according to Barker.

Once Harville was buried, her stepbrothers and stepmother developed a “cover-up” story that Harville left the state with an unknown person, according to Barker.

“The cover-up story was maintained over the next 15 months,” Barker said. “Meanwhile, financial, medical and personal matters were falsified using the deceased’s identity in an apparent effort to conceal her death.”


John Aldrich was sentenced on October 30, 2013 to 40 years in prison for first-degree murder, 30 years for kidnapping, 20 years for hindering apprehension or prosecution, and six years for abuse of a corpse.

Sherri Bowen was sentenced on October 30, 2013 to 30 years in prison for criminal conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, 25 years for kidnapping, 20 years for hindering apprehension or prosecution, and six years in prison for abuse of a corpse.

Christopher Aldrich was sentenced on October 30, 2013 to 20 years in prison for kidnapping, 20 years for first-degree domestic battery, and six years for abuse of a corpse.

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