A Henderson County Jury returned a guilty verdict against 30-year-old Daniel Joseph Scott. They sentenced him to 70 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division. He will be eligible for parole in 2046
Scott was sentenced for shooting his wife, Alicia Weaver Scott, with a revolver two days after Christmas, 2016.
Scott claimed on the night of the murder he was practicing his “quick draw” in the living room with what he thought was an unloaded gun. He told investigators that he assumed she heard what he was doing when she walked into the living room. As he was “spinning and clicking”, the gun went off hitting Alicia.
After a search warrant was obtained for the house, the Henderson’s County Sheriff’s Investigators found the pistol in the house on the couch. It was a six-shot revolver fully loaded with five rounds and one shell casing. None of the other rounds had a primer strike showing that they had been struck by the firing pin when the hammer falls.
“It was immediately apparent to officers that his story about spinning and clicking the gun was not possible”, said District Attorney Mark Hall who prosecuted the case with First Assistant Nancy Rumar.
Scott claimed that the couple had not been having any problems or arguing prior to the shooting. But, when investigators examined the cellphones of both Scott’s it was reveled that there had been some type of ongoing dispute since Christmas Day. It also showed that Daniel had been communicating that he wanted to find a new love interest within hours of the shooting.
“Even though the defendant tried to come up with an explanation as to why this was an accident, it just didn’t wash,” according to Hall. “As far as the quality of the investigation was concerned, Ray Yockey did everything necessary for us to be able to put together a strong case. Its’ not uncommon for the defense to attack the investigation when that is the only thing you have to hang your hat on.”