Beatty Sentenced To Death

A Smith County man gets the death penalty for murdering his mother and burying her body in their backyard.

Tracy Lane Beatty, 43, of Whitehouse was sentenced this afternoon. He was charged with capital murder for the crime he committed last December.

Under Texas law, Beatty will automatically get the chance to appeal the sentence.

The last time someone in Smith County was sentenced to death was in October 2002. Gregory Russeau was found guilty of killing a 75-year-old man.

Julie Tam, reporting.