Randall Mays Found Guilty Of Capital Murder

Published: May. 9, 2008 at 9:35 PM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2008 at 3:23 PM CDT
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Randall Mays
Randall Mays

A Henderson County man has been found guilty of capital murder in the shooting death of an East Texas sheriff deputy.

Randall Mays is convicted of killing Henderson County Sheriff Deputy Tony Ogburn in May of 2007.  The guilty verdict came down around 3:30 p.m., Friday.  It only took the jury an hour to come up with the verdict.

It was a very emotional day for the family of Deputy Ogburn.  They have been in the courtroom every day this week.  They gave out a sigh of relief as the guilty verdict was read and began hugging each other as they left the courtroom.  Mays' family was also in the courtroom Friday, including his wife.  She yelled out, "I love you Randy," as Mays left the courtroom.  Mays himself remained calm and just waved at his family before being taken out of the room.

The sentencing phase begins Saturday morning, which may include the defenses' argument that Mays has a mental illness.  You may remember Thursday, the judge had not decided if testimony from two mental health experts would be allowed.  Friday morning, the judge decided to allow that testimony.

Mays has also been charged with capital murder for the shooting death of Henderson County Deputy Paul Habelt.  Depending on Mays' sentence, it's unknown if Mays will be tried on that charge.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com