- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TYLER, Texas (AP) - A convicted kidnapper linked to a 1990 East Texas double-slaying has pleaded guilty to one death and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Brandon Deon Payton pleaded guilty Wednesday in Tyler to capital murder. The 43-year-old Payton, during his trial, reached a plea deal in the killing of Ivy Taylor.

Taylor and Joe Evans were found shot to death in November 1990 in a car. A detective in 2013 was contacted by one of Payton’s friends. The person said Payton called him after the shootings to say he came upon two people having sex and killed them.

Payton in 1997 was sentenced to 50 years in prison for a 1996 aggravated kidnapping in Smith County.

A witness testified Tuesday that Payton’s fingerprints were lifted from the car in 1999.

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