Jury Decides Sentence In Central Texas Murder Trial

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A jury decided on a sentence Thursday in the murder trial of a Chicago man accused of shooting a local man to death more than two years ago.

Mario Lamont Lewis (Jail photo)

BELTON (April 18, 2013)—Jurors decided Thursday on a life prison sentence for a Chicago man who was found guilty Wednesday of the February 2011 shooting death of a Killeen man.

The 264th District Court jury returned the sentence late Thursday morning.

Jurors returned a guilty verdict Wednesday afternoon against Mario Lamont Lewis, 41, who was being tried for the Feb. 19, 2011 shooting death of Lynn Wilford, of Killeen, whom police found dead outside of a four-plex apartment building in the 200 block of East Garrison Ave.

An affidavit issued at the time for Lewis' arrest stated Wilford had been shot twice in the head.

Lewis, who weighs 525 pounds, was on the run for more than two months after the shooting but eventually was arrested April 18, 2011 by a U.S. Marshal's Task Force in Chicago on the warrant issued in Killeen.

Wilford, 32 at the time of his death, was shot while he was lying on the ground outside the apartments, the arrest affidavit said.

Wolford's girl friend told investigators at the time several people had been at a party in her apartment when they heard men arguing inside an apartment next door.

At some point the argument continued outside the building and that's when witnesses said they heard gunshots.

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