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Updated: Man accused of killing his mother sentenced to life in prison

James Cowart, Jr. (Courtesy: Smith County Sheriff's Department) James Cowart, Jr. (Courtesy: Smith County Sheriff's Department)

By Molly Reuter - bio | email

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - James Cowart, Jr. has been sentenced to a life sentence without parole, after pleaing guilty to capital murder. Smith County deputies say Cowart stabbed and beat his mother Martha Miller, 64 to death back in February of 2007.

He was originally facing the death penalty, but several weeks ago the Smith County DA's office discovered Cowart suffers from diabetes, Hepatitis-C and tuberculosis. The DA's office said Cowart deserves the death penalty, but the plea agreement was the best way to ensure jurors, court staff, and attorneys were not exposed to the contagious disease.

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