Payne Gets Life Sentence for Killing DPD Officer

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014  |  Updated 12:24 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
A Dallas county jury continues to deliberate the case of Charles Payne guilty of killing Sr. Corp. Norman Smith, after hearing emotional testimony.

Omar Villafranca, NBCDFW.com

A Dallas county jury continues to deliberate the case of Charles Payne guilty of killing Sr. Corp. Norman Smith, after hearing emotional testimony.

advertisement
Photos and Videos

Jury Convicts Man of Murder in Officer Slaying

Charles Payne faces between five and 99 years in prison for the slaying of Senior Cpl. Norman Smith.
More Photos and Videos

A jury in Dallas handed down a life sentence for a man convicted in the fatal shooting of a police officer who was serving a warrant.

Deliberations resumed Monday morning in the penalty phase for Charles Payne. The sentence was handed down at around 10 a.m.

Payne was charged with capital murder in the 2009 death of Sr. Cpl. Norm Smith. Jurors on Friday convicted Payne of the lesser charge of murder and then started the punishment phase.

Jurors began penalty deliberations Saturday, but had Sunday off.

Payne testified he thought he was being robbed and did not know that the people outside the door of his apartment were police, looking for another man inside the unit.
 
The jury heard from Smith's daughter on Friday, while Payne's family and friends took the stand Saturday.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get NBCDFW on Mobile!
Get NBCDFW's free news and weather... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out