By Alicia Lacy

The Cove Herald

GATESVILLE – Life behind bars has begun for a Gatesville resident.

After being convicted of murder on Dec. 5, Megan Lewis-Grant, 44, was transferred last week into the state prison system to begin her life sentence.

According to Deputy Chief Joe Blakely, Lewis-Grant is in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, but does not know her current location. “Once they leave here we don’t know where they go, it’s out of our hands.”

Lewis-Grant’s weeklong trial, which carried into a Saturday, ended with the jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence for her role in the Sept. 15, 2007, death of her ex-husband, James Michael Grant, 44.

Lewis-Grant was sentenced to life Dec. 6 for the murder charge and 10 years for tampering with physical evidence. Both sentences will be served concurrently.

Lewis-Grant will not be eligible for parole until she has served 30 years of the sentence.

During the trial, Lewis-Grant’s former co-workers and supervisors testified that she made no secret about her fervent dislike of her ex-husband.

Lewis-Grant’s co-defendant and boyfriend, John Tarrell Hopkins, admitted to stabbing Grant to death and pleaded guilty to capital murder. Hopkins testified Dec. 3, giving a detailed account of events to the court. He was sentenced to life without parole.

Hopkins is currently held at the Coryell County Jail awaiting transfer into the state prison system.

Grant’s body was found Sept. 15, 2007, in a ditch on the side of Green Briar Road, about a half-mile from Lewis-Grant’s home. Grant was stabbed 12 times in his sleep.

James Michael Grant II, who was 15 at the time of the incident, was indicted in May and sentenced to 45 years in prison on Sept. 25 after pleading guilty to murder.

According to investigators, and Hopkins’ testimony, the younger Grant watched the murder and then stomped on his father’s chest after he was dead.

District Attorney David Castillo and Defense Attorney Russ Hunt Sr. of Waco were unavailable for comment.

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