Prosecutors say Myers shot and killed his sister on July 2, 2011 on their family property in Big Sandy. Investigators say they found the shotgun that killed Espinoza behind Myer's house.
In court, the defense called the investigation "sloppy."
"It's important to talk about who else could have been involved. The sheriff's office didn't even look at anybody else," Defense attorney Tim Cone said.
Prosecutors disagreed. "This trial is not about the police or the Upshur County Sheriff's Office. All evidence pointed to Glenn Myers," Asst. District Attorney Edward Choy said.
Espinoza owned the property where Myers lived. Prosecutors say Myers shot Espinoza outside his house when she came to collect the rent.
"The one thing I thought unusual was there was no real motive established for why the defendant would do this," Williams says, "there was some suggestion during the questioning that there was some kind of financial dispute in the family between he and his sister."
The jury started deliberating just before noon Tuesday, to determine Myer's fate. The jury was deadlocked most of the afternoon. Around 4:00, they delivered the guilty verdict. At 6:00, the jury sentenced Myers to 60 years in prison.
UPDATE (KYTX 4:18 p.m.) - A jury has found Glenn Wade Myers Jr guilty of murdering his sister, 52-year-old Cindy Espinoza, outside her rural home near Big Sandy on July 2.
GILMER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) -- The jury in the murder trial of Glenn Wade Myers, Jr.., began deliberations late this morning after hearing the defendant testify he did not shoot his sister.
Myers, 55, of Big Sandy, is charged with killing 52-year-old Cindy Espinoza outside her home on Nutmeg Road near Big Sandy last July 2. Testimony established the victim was shot in the mouth with a .410-gauge shotgun, and that her brother lived on the same property she did.
Key prosecution testimony came Monday from the victim's daughter-in-law, Nochell White, who said she heard a gunshot while inside a home on the Espinoza family property. Ms. White said she looked out a window and saw Myers, who walks with a limp, "hobbling" at a fast pace with a gun in hand.
Myers became emotional at times during more than 40 minutes on the witness stand Tuesday morning. On the day of the shooting, he said, he tried to kill a snake with a "piece of long skinny wood," but it got away.
When his attorney, Tim Cone, asked, "Glenn, did you kill her (the victim)?," the defendant replied, "No, sir, I did not." Myers also said he had never seen the shotgun introduced into evidence in the case, and that he had no access to any gun except a toy gun on the day of the crime.
In closing arguments to the jury, Cone assailed the investigation of the case by the Upshur County Sheriff's Office as "flat, lazy, sloppy work." Among other criticisms, he said the office never looked at anyone except Myers as a suspect and that it failed to look for fingerprints.
But Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd pointed to scientific evidence that Myers had a small spot of Ms. Espinoza's blood on the back of his shirt. And the lead prosecutor in the case, Assistant District Attorney Edward Choy, told jurors "all the evidence pointed to Glenn Myers," including eyewitness testimony