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George sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of capital murder

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BEAUMONT - A Jefferson County jury Wednesday found a man guilty of capital murder.

Gregory Adam George was found guilty of shooting and killing Jose Luis Morales, 41, at the victim's home in the 1300 block of Ave. E in Beaumont in April 2011. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

The verdict came down after the jury deliberated more than 7 hours. 

Morales’ friend Jose Sanchez testified Thursday that George description approached Morales and him while they were in Morales’ backyard.

He said George asked them for money and when they refused he left and came back later. Sanchez said that’s when the man shot him first and then Morales. Sanchez said he then saw the man take Morales’ wallet. Before he died, Sanchez said Morales made him promise to take care of his wife and five children.

The defense argued that Morales and Sanchez had been drinking beer that night and that may have impaired Sanchez’s judgement regarding what the man who shot them looked like.


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