- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston man has again been sentenced to death over the 1991 fatal beating of his wife as the couple argued over her loud playing of a radio.

The Houston Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1QRJi1F ) reported Monday that jurors last month took 15 minutes to decide the penalty for William “Billy the Kid” Mason.

Mason in 1992 was convicted of capital murder and condemned for killing his wife, Deborah. He returned to court this fall after being granted a penalty phase retrial. The Supreme Court decided that jurors, in some death penalty cases from that era, weren’t allowed to hear mitigating evidence.

Prosecutors say Mason attacked his spouse in January 1991 for playing her radio too loudly. He’d been out of prison less than a month after serving time for murder and attempted murder.


Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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