Woman found guilty of Clear Lake murders

October 14, 2008 6:41:38 AM PDT
A jury convicted a woman of capital murder over the 2003 shooting deaths of four people in suburban Houston. Investigators believe the attack involved drugs and money.

Christine Paolilla, who was 17 at the time of the Clear Lake-area slayings, received an automatic life prison term Monday. As a juvenile at the time of the crime, she was not eligible to be sentenced to death.

Paolilla, who knew some of the victims, was arrested in San Antonio shortly after the shootings. She claimed 21-year-old Christopher Snider was the alleged gunman.

Officers determined Snider fled to Greenville, S.C., and committed suicide in 2006 after learning he was wanted. Snider had been Paolilla's boyfriend.

The victims were 18-year-olds Tiffany Rowell and Rachel Koloroutis, 19-year-old Marcus Precella and 21-year-old Adelbert Sanchez.

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