Gunshot wound kills Fort Hood soldier

FORT HOOD - Officials released the name of a soldier who died March 21 in Copperas Cove from injuries from a gunshot wound.

Capt. Ian Samuel Morrison, 27, of Hockessin, Del., joined the military in May 2007. He arrived at Fort Hood in September 2009.

His last assignment was with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, 21st Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Hood, since December 2010. Morrison deployed to Iraq from March to December 2011.

His awards and decorations include an Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Aviation Badge and Parachutist Badge.

Circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation, officials said.

Quilt show Friday, Saturday in Killeen

The Shades of Texas Quilt Show opens to the public at 9 a.m. Friday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive.

The show continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Special Olympics benefit Saturday

A concession stand benefitting the Killeen-Cove-Hood Phantoms, a Special Olympics team, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Harker Heights Walmart.

Volunteers will sell bratwurst, sausages, hot dogs, nachos, Frito pies, pickles and cold drinks.

Texas man executed for infant's death

HUNTSVILLE - A convicted child sex offender was executed Wednesday for the beating death of a 10-month-old boy he was baby-sitting at a home in Dallas.

Jesse Joe Hernandez smiled and laughed at times before receiving a lethal injection for the slaying of Karlos Borja 11 years ago.

Jury finds former polygamist leader guilty of bigamy

MIDLAND - A former lieutenant to polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was convicted Wednesday of illegally taking three wives besides his own, despite his attorney's argument that "celestial marriages" weren't forbidden by state law.

A West Texas jury found Wendell Loy Nielsen guilty of three counts of bigamy. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Boyfriend gets 50-year term in toddler abuse case

FORT WORTH - A 29-year-old North Texas man was sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty in the 2010 beating of his girlfriend's young daughter.

Tarrant County prosecutors said Adam Palmer of Mansfield was sentenced Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and causing serious bodily injury to a child.

Palmer's plea deal comes five months after a jury sentenced his girlfriend, Ryka Hopper, to 40 years in prison.

- Herald staff, wire reports

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