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Lubbock Man Pleads Guilty for Role in 10-year-old Murder Case

The man first charged with capital murder in the death of an elderly Lubbock man pled guilty, Monday, to a lesser crime of unlawful use of a criminal instrument and was sentenced to a 20-year non-aggravated sentence.
The man first charged with capital murder in the death of an elderly Lubbock man pled guilty, Monday, to a lesser crime of unlawful use of a criminal instrument and was sentenced to a 20-year non-aggravated sentence.

Johnny Taylor, 31, of Lubbock, was indicted for capital murder on November 21, 2008 for killing Hulen Benson, 70, in his East Lubbock home back in 2003.

The case was cold until police say they connected Taylor to the murder after new information on the weapon.

Autopsy results revealed Benson suffered a puncture wound to the mouth and throat area.

Taylor’s defense attorney, Jeff Nicholson, said his client did not actually commit the crime, only provide the gun the perpetrator used to kill Benson. 

“I can tell you if he would have thought the perpetrator was going to do what he did, I don't think my client would have been involved in it at all and probably not have even provided the instrument,” said Nicholson.

Taylor was already in jail on separate charges when he was indicted for murder and will get credit for the five years he has already served. 

“The thing that my client wanted me to make sure that everyone knew was first and foremost that he was sorry for being involved in this and he was not the actual perpetrator of the crime,” said Nicholson.  “He knows several members of the family and had indicated to me at one time that if he knew anything like this was going to happen would not have had the role he had.”

Providing a criminal instrument is a second-degree felony.

Because Taylor was issued a non-aggravated sentence, there is no minimum time served before he is eligible for parole. 

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