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Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2009 12:00 pm | Updated: 8:06 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Hayley Kappes

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON – A Temple man pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering his wife with a .38-caliber revolver after they were involved in an argument.

Judge Joe Carroll of the 27th District Court sentenced James Luther Graham, 57, to 25 years in prison after the man acquiesced to a plea agreement from the district attorney's office.

Temple police responded to a 911 call at 12:30 a.m. March 8, 2008, from Graham, who said he just shot his wife in their Temple home in the 200 block of South 27th Street.

Police found Rosie Finley Graham lying on the floor with a pool of blood around her head, according to the arrest affidavit.

Graham stated he and his wife argued; he retrieved his gun and threatened to kill himself. He testified in a written statement that his wife said she would shove a knife down his throat.

Graham said his wife had a knife in her hand, and he told her not to come toward him, or he would "blow her brains out," according to the affidavit.

Police discovered a handgun and a large amount of ammunition in the home.

Rosie Graham was transported to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, where she was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the head by Justice of the Peace Ted Duffield.

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