A Coryell County jury of eight men and four women found Terence Daniel Jr., 23, guilty of murder and aggravated robbery.

He was the second person involved in a 2015 murder.

Daniel was sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder and 10 years for aggravated robbery. The two sentences will run at the same time, which means Daniel will likely spend 20 years in prison, unless he is granted parole.

Daniel and Ta’Darius Davis, 23, were found guilty of the murder of 24-year-old Thomas Smethers on Nov. 3. Smethers was found with gunshot wounds in a Copperas Cove Walmart parking lot Oct. 28, 2015, after an apparent drug deal gone wrong. Davis was found guilty of capital murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The jury began deliberations at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 2, and continued until well past midnight, with a verdict announced at 2 a.m. Nov. 3, according to Coryell County District Attorney Dusty Boyd..

Daniels and Davis were arrested in connection to the shooting death of Smethers on Oct. 30, 2015.

Jury selection for the trial began Oct. 16. Judge Trent Farrell of the 52nd District Court presided over the trial, which started Oct. 19.

Boyd questioned 53 witnesses during the trial and presented 300 pieces of evidence, he said.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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