TEXARKANA, Arkansas — A woman has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the death of a fellow square dancer in Texarkana, Arkansas.
The Texarkana Gazette (http://bit.ly/1Q7yL3v ) reports that 67-year-old Virginia Ann Hyatt received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole Monday after a jury found her guilty in the death of 59-year-old Patti Wheelington, who was shot five times on her front porch in December 2013.
The women were both members of the Guys and Dolls Square Dancing Club.
During the five-day testimony, witnesses said Hyatt was jealous of other women, especially Wheelington, and very possessive of her husband, James Hyatt.
James Hyatt testified that he and his wife hadn't been intimate in a decade, and that he and Wheelington became romantic in 2009.
"She trusted me; she shouldn't have," James Hyatt said Monday. "I got her killed."
He said he began to suspect a plot when Hyatt told his family she thought he was suicidal. James Hyatt shared his concerns with Wheelington and then fled to Florida.
Fellow dancers said Hyatt often expressed a hatred of Wheelington and made no attempt to disguise her displeasure when her husband would dance with other women.
Investigators quickly identified Virginia Hyatt as the lone suspect in Wheelington's murder and arrested her on Dec. 4, 2013.
It took about an hour for a Miller County jury to find Hyatt guilty of capital murder.
Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com