NEW BOSTON, Texas (AP) - A convicted murderer whose death
sentence for a 2001 slaying in far northeast Texas was thrown out by
an appeals court has been sentenced to life in prison.
Bowie County prosecutors chose to not seek the death penalty
again for 34-year-old Chris Wayne Shuffield
of Texarkana and he was resentenced Wednesday to life. He's eligible
for parole after 40 years.
Shuffield was convicted of the 2001 shooting death of 36-year-old
Lance Luke Walker of Simms. Walker was shot at least three times and
his truck was taken from his home.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned his death sentence
after a fellow inmate acknowledged he provided false information
that was used during Shuffield's original punishment hearing.