Ex-con gets life in Fort Worth woman's slaying

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FORT WORTH -- A 34-year-old ex-con was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for fatally shooting a woman during a heated argument inside her home.

Jurors deliberated a little more than an hour before sentencing Frank Byrd to the maximum for the Jan. 4, 2012, slaying of Hilary Eaton, a 39-year-old mother of three.

The jury deliberated almost eight hours on Thursday and Friday before convicting him of murder.

During the trial in state District Judge Scott Wisch's court, prosecutors Sheila Wynn and Caroline Kim presented evidence that Byrd and his girlfriend were staying with Eaton in the house she shared with her boyfriend in the 1300 block of Kings Highway.

Eaton's boyfriend was working out of town at the time of the slaying.

On Jan. 4, Eaton and Byrd got into a heated argument, and Eaton told Byrd and his girlfriend to get out of her house.

As they were gathering their belongings, the argument escalated and, at one point, Byrd pointed a .22 rifle at Eaton and told her he was going to "smoke her."

Eaton dared him to pull the trigger and Byrd shot her in the head, according to the testimony. Her body was found two days later.

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