DALLAS (AP) — A jury has found a North Texas man guilty of capital murder for setting a clerk on fire as he robbed her convenience store.
The Dallas County jury turned to the penalty phase Wednesday after finding 38-year-old Matthew Johnson guilty in the May 2012 death of Nancy Harris.
Johnson admitted to police that he killed the 76-year-old Harris and the incident was videotaped by the Garland store's surveillance camera.
Johnson's attorneys had asked jurors to find him guilty of murder rather than capital murder. He's now eligible for the death penalty.
Johnson poured lighter fluid on Harris as she stood behind the store counter. He set her on fire after she had opened the register for him.
Harris suffered burns over 40 percent of her body and died days later.