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April 13, 2010
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Man gets death for murdering Houston officer

After a three-hour deliberation, Mabry Joseph Landor was sentenced to die

By PoliceOne Staff

HOUSTON — The Harris County jury has sentenced Mabry Joseph Landor III to death for murdering Officer Timothy Abernethy in 2008.

After deliberating for three hours, Landor was convicted of capital murder for shooting Abernethy at a traffic stop. According to the Associated Press, prosecutors say Abernethy had pulled over Landor for a minor traffic violation when Landor fled. Witnesses testified that while Abernethy pursued him on foot through an apartment complex, Landor ambushed him and shot him.

According to local reports, Monday's decision by jurors to give Landry the death penalty is the first one in 100 recent capital murder convictions in Harris County.

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