Central Texas man sentenced for role in revenge killing

Edward Barry was sentenced to 50 years in prison Friday. (Jail photo)

CAMERON, Texas (KWTX) Edward Barry, 32, of Caldwell, was sentenced to 50 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to murder on April 11 for her role in a revenge slaying more than two years ago.

Under a plea deal, he waived all rights to appeal.

Barry and Candice Jones were originally charged with capital murder in the January 2017 death of Emily Hacker, 34, whose body was found in a shallow grave 10 days after she disappeared.

Affidavits issued in the case show the likely motive for the killing was revenge.

Hacker, the mother of two boys, was stopped on a traffic violation by police and during a search of her truck officers found a loaded handgun.

Hacker, according to the affidavit, told police the gun belonged to Jones.

The affidavit says Jones felt like Hacker “ratted” her out to police and she planned the murder as revenge.

Her body was found in rural Burleson County near Lyons, about 45 minutes from Rockdale.

Hacker’s body was put in a zippered bag and buried, along with her clothing and then the shallow grave’s contents were burned in an effort to destroy evidence, the affidavit said.

An autopsy in the case showed Hacker died of blunt force injuries.

Four other suspects were also charged in connection with the killing.

Jones was also sentenced to 50 years in prison earlier this month.