San Antonio man spared death in double murder

October 22, 2012 8:27:25 PM PDT
A jury has spared a San Antonio man the death penalty for fatally shooting his girlfriend's sister and her mother.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for James Davis Morrison. However, the San Antonio Express-News reports Bexar County jurors deliberated less than two hours Monday before deciding he should serve life in prison without parole.

He was convicted Friday of capital murder in the 2009 deaths of 23-year-old Krystle Moten and 46-year-old Laura Moten.

Morrison shot the women multiple times after they accused him of slashing their tires. He also shot his girlfriend. She survived, but their unborn child died.

Morrison's attorneys claimed he shot the women in self-defense, that the women were violent and had attacked Morrison.

Bexar County juries haven't returned a death sentence since 2009.


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