DALLAS, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Another of the seven Texas convicts who busted out of a state prison three years ago was convicted Thursday of murdering an Irving police officer.
The jury convicted Patrick Murphy Jr. of capital murder in the Christmas Eve slaying of officer Aubrey Hawkins during a robbery. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty when the punishment phase of the trial begins Monday.
The so-called "Texas Seven" escaped from the Connally Prison in South Texas on Dec. 13, 2000, staging several robberies before they were finally captured in Colorado. One committed suicide when he was surrounded.
Five other members of the gang have been sentenced to death for the murder of Hawkins, who was shot 11 times and run over by the getaway car. Guns, camping gear and more than $70,000 in cash was stolen in the sporting goods store holdup.
Prosecutors said Murphy was the lookout and warned the other escaped convicts when Hawkins arrived at the suburban Dallas store, but the defense argued Murphy never intended for the officer to be killed and did not fire at him.