Texas jury finds man guilty of plot to kill wife


DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas jury has found a man guilty of attempted capital murder for hiring someone to kill his wife.

Denton County prosecutors say 54-year-old John Franklin Howard wanted to have Nancy Howard killed so that he could be with his mistress. A police affidavit filed shortly after Nancy Howard was shot in August 2012 said her husband paid a man $20,000 to kill her. The shooter was arrested.

Nancy Howard survived a gunshot wound to the face at the couple's Carrollton home, but lost her left eye.

Jurors found John Howard guilty Tuesday following a trial that lasted about two weeks. They then began deliberating his punishment.

WFAA-TV reports the couple's three adult children testified during the trial, saying they didn't believe their father was guilty of the accusations.

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