05-01-2014, 02:09 PM #1
TX - Bonnie Harkey, 85, & Karen Johnson, 50, slain, Harkeyville, 26 March 2012
The victim: Ms. Bonnie Harkey
BURNET (April 30, 2014) Bruce Harkey, 60, of San Saba, will spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury in Burnet convicted him of capital murder in a plot to kill his stepmother and sell off her valuable pecan farm for more than $570,000.
Prosecutors were not seeking the death penalty.
Harkey, 60, was accused of hiring Carl Wade Pressley and Pressley's girlfriend, Lillian King, to kill Bonnie Harkey, 85.
Bonnie Harkey was discovered missing and Karen Johnson, her housekeeper, was found dead March 26, 2012 by Johnson's 10-year-old son at Harkey's San Saba County home.
Harkey's body was discovered that night in a shallow grave in the bottom of a drainage ditch almost 200 miles away in Leon County.
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05-19-2014, 06:38 PM #2
Carl Wade Pressley, 30, and his common-law wife, Lillian King, 26, are both headed to prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from murder-for-hire plot that left his adoptive grandmother and her housekeeper dead.
State District Judge J. Allan Garrett sentenced Pressley to life in prison without the possibility of parole and King to 45 years in prison for their roles in the murder of Bonnie Harkey, 85, and her housekeeper Karen Johnson.
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