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Thomas sentenced to life for murder of Henderson

By Rupert Howell
A Courtland man previously found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and capital murder was sentenced to life on the capital murder charge and five years on the conspiracy charge last week.

Deputy District Attorney Jay Hale who prosecuted the case said the due to the nature of the crimes and charges, there is no parole.

“He will spend the rest of his natural born life in prison,” Hale noted.

Christopher Thomas, 19, of Courtland was also denied bond if sentencing is appealed. He has 30 days from his Thursday, February 6 sentencing date to appeal the case according to Panola County Circuit Clerk’s office.

Thomas was charged in the May 3, 2013 death of Tovell Henderson. A three day trial in Batesville in January ended after 43 minutes of jury deliberation finding Thomas guilty of both counts.

Judge Smith Murphy presided over the case prosecuted by Deputy DA Jay Hale.

Henderson was shot seven times following a card game. Dr. Lisa Funte of the State Medical Examiner’s Office said three of those shots could have been “rapidly fatal.”

Prosecutor Hale told the jury that Henderson was shot by two different people. Ladaron Courtez Taylor, and Quendravious Davonta Taylor, also of Courtland, are also charged for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and capital murder. Both testified for the prosecution during Thomas’s trial and both have March trial dates according to Hale.

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