Texas man sentenced to death for murder of woman on the run – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Jerry Don Elders, a man convicted of murdering 61-year-old Robin Waddell while fleeing police in 2021, has been sentenced to death.

A Johnson County jury found Elders guilty of murder last week and had been considering his punishment this week during the sentencing phase of the trial.

If convicted of murder, Elders faced either the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jurors answered two questions Thursday that decided whether he should be sentenced to death by lethal injection.

The execution date has not yet been set.

After the verdict was read, the jury was dismissed and victim impact statements were read.

Elders was arrested in Gainesville on April 14, 2021, after an hours-long manhunt that began with the shooting of Burleson Police Officer Joshua Lott and the kidnapping and murder of Waddell.

Burleson police said in 2021 that Elders was with a group of people when he shot Lott during a predawn traffic stop. Police said the trio later abandoned the vehicle and then ambushed Waddell outside a home in the 8000 block of County Road 802.

At 8:44 a.m., Waddell arrived at the Joshua Police Department with gunshot wounds. She was taken to Huguley Hospital South in Burleson, where she later died.

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