Man Found Guilty in 1980 Slaying

A man has been found guilty of capital murder in the 1980 death of a 73-year-old Williamson County woman.

The Austin American-Statesman reported a jury found 56-year-old Steven Thomas guilty of capital murder Monday in the death of Mildred McKinney.

The punishment phase of his trial begins Tuesday. Thomas could receive the death penalty or a life sentence making him eligible for parole in 20 years.

Thomas was charged in the slaying in 2012 after investigators said his DNA matched DNA found at the scene.

A prosecutor said Thomas, working for his brother's pest company in 1980, first came to McKinney's house after she arranged for bug treatment. The prosecutor said Thomas returned to the house early on the morning of Nov. 4, 1980, through a sliding glass door.

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