06/21/2011

Killer gets life sentence for Texas officer's death

Charles Payne gets life in prison for the murder of Dallas police Senior Cpl. Norm Smith in Jan. 2009

By Jennifer Emily
The Dallas Morning News

DALLAS, Texas — A jury on Monday sentenced Charles Payne to life in prison for the murder of Dallas police Senior Cpl. Norm Smith in January 2009.

After State District Judge Rick Magnis read the jury's verdict, Smith's mother, Carolyn Long, smiled slightly and reached over and briefly clasped the hand of Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Teena Schultz.

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