HOUSTON -- A Houston pastor convicted of capital murder in the fatal shooting of his wife was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole.
Prosecutors said Pastor Tracy Burleson paid his son, William Fuller, to kill his wife. Pauletta Burleson was found shot to death outside the couple s home on May 18, 2010.
Burleson told police he and his wife had gotten into a fight on the night of the shooting, and he lefttobuy potato chips and a candy bar from a neighborhood store. Burleson said when he returned, he found his wife lying dead outside.
Investigators didn't buy his story. Investigators said the pastor did not have any chips or candy barswhen he returned.
I was already eating them, and at the same time I didn t think I would come home and find my wife shot, Burleson explained.
But something else didn't add up. The storeBurleson said he went to closed at 10 p.m.
Investigators named him a person of interest the next day.
Further investigation led police tothe pastor s son.When they questioned Fuller,they say he cracked and made a shocking confession.
According to documents, Fuller admitted that he shot and killed his stepmother in a murder-for-hire plot allegedly devised by his father; a claim Burleson denied.
I would never tell my son to do anything like that, Burleson said of the allegation. I didn t pay my son. I didn t have no money to pay my son.
Burleson was accused of convincing his son to kill his wife so he could profit from her life insurance.