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Posted: Tuesday, December 9, 2008 12:00 pm | Updated: 5:09 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Alicia Lacy

Killeen Daily Herald

GATESVILLE – All that remains now is the wait.

After being convicted of murder over the weekend, Megan Lewis-Grant, 44, is currently awaiting transfer from the Coryell County Jail into the state prison system to serve her life sentence.

Lewis-Grant's weeklong trial, which carried into 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 Saturday 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 also 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.

Contact Alicia Lacy at alacy@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476.

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