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Jury gives man 40-year sentence for Arlington murder that police say grew from a fight

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A man who was later accused in an Arlington slaying, first came to police just to talk to detectives about the fatal shooting of Lenord Glenn Byrd.

Then Deontay Hampton left the Arlington police station, only to be arrested for public intoxication a few minutes later as he walked near Arlington Memorial Hospital.

Hampton was indicted on a murder charge two months after Byrd, 41, was shot outside the Arlington apartment complex parking lot where he lived on Sept. 20, 2017.

On Tuesday, a Tarrant County jury sentenced Hampton, 29, to 40 years in prison after convicting him of murder.

Byrd died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Glenn Byrd’s family lost a father, a son, a husband and a brother,” said Jim Hudson, Tarrant County prosecutor. “We are grateful for the jury’s verdict in this case, which has taken a dangerous criminal off our streets. The family has expressed their gratitude as well.”

“They have been condemned to a life sentence without their loved one ...,” Hudson said, while talking about the murder’s effect on Byrd’s family. “Their Christmases will always have an empty seat at the table.”

Police reported that they arrived at the location of a shooting call in the 1200 block of White Hall Road at the Rush Creek Apartments shortly after 5 p.m. Witnesses told officers they saw two men arguing in the parking lot before hearing several gunshots.

Investigators said they believe Hampton and Byrd were involved in an argument at a nearby business that spilled into the parking lot.

Officers arrived and found Byrd dead.

This story includes information from the Star-Telegram archives.

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Mitch Mitchell is an award-winning reporter covering courts and crime for the Star-Telegram. Additionally, Mitch’s past coverage on municipal government, healthcare and social services beats allow him to bring experience and context to the stories he writes.
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