A Fort Worth man was found guilty of capital murder Thursday for shooting his pregnant girlfriend, her 10-year-old brother and their 39-year-old mother.
Amos Joseph Wells III elected not to to have anyone testify on his behalf in the guilt/innocence phase of his case, paving the way for the Tarrant County jury to begin deliberations.
Wells, 26, was accused of killing his estranged pregnant girlfriend, Chanice Reed, 22; her mother, Annette Reed, 39; and Chanice’s 10-year-old brother, Eddie McCuin Jr., in the family’s east Fort Worth house on July 1, 2013.
Wells just shook his head as one of his relatives stormed out of the courtroom crying and shouting: “You all are just murderers! No DNA! Just murderers!”
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Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. The jury was instructed to return to the courtroom Friday to begin hearing evidence in the punishment phase.
In his closing arguments, prosecutor Kevin Rousseau told jurors there should be no doubt in their minds that Wells is guilty of killing Annette and Chanice Reed.
Rousseau projected evidence on a screen under the label “Amos Wells is Guilty” and showed it to the jury. The evidence included the fact that 12 shells were missing from a box of ammunition found in Wells’ room — the number of shells used at the residence where first responders found the three mortally wounded victims.
Prosecutors also showed the jury evidence that all the bullets came from the same type of handgun authorities believe was used in the slayings.
Wells surrendered to Forest Hill police, asking to be shot and killed, prosecutors said.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.