Man Sentenced to Life for Classmate's Murder
Men accused of murdering classmate before robbing his home
A 20-year-old Fort Worth man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted of murdering his Everman High School classmate.
Damian Murkledove was convicted of killing Daniel Garner, 18, in a burglary of Garner's home in Feb., 2010.
Murkledove and an associate had gone to school with Garner and visited the home he shared with his mother and her four foster children.
On Feb. 19, 2010, Murkledove and an associate walked into Garner's home, saw him playing a video game on a couch and started shooting at him. When Garner ran, he was shot twice in the back.
Prosecutor said the men then followed Garner into his mother's bedroom where they shot him three more times.
The men then stole Garner's gaming system, big-screen TV, a computer, purses and a small safe that contained medication for the foster children.
Jurors deliberated about two hours Friday before rendering their verdict.
Prosecutors waived the death penalty, meaning Murkledove was automatically sentenced to life in prison without parole upon his conviction.
Murkledove's associate and a third man who drove them to Garner's home in exchange for money have both been charged with capital murder and are awaiting trail.