Central Texas man gets life for killing father

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Associated Press

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM

BOERNE, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his father by shooting the victim 11 times.

A Kendall County jury on Friday rejected an insanity defense and found 42-year-old Joel Morris guilty of murder, then decided on the life prison term.

The San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/1kv3W8w ) reports the son apologized in court for killing Robert Morris and said his father was the greatest man he'd ever known. The 66-year-old victim was gunned down in 2011 at his home near Boerne (BER'-nee).

Defense attorney Wayne Huff cited mental health records showing Joel Morris was delusional and became worse while using illegal drugs.

Prosecutors say the son knew what he was doing was wrong and bought a gun from an individual to avoid a required background check.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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