FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas man has been convicted in the brutal 1984 stabbing death of his teenage friend who prosecutors say had rejected his romantic advances.
Jurors deliberated for less than four hours Friday before finding 45-year-old Ryland Shane Absalon guilty of capital murder. He was automatically sentenced to life in prison because prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty.
Prosecutors say he stabbed Ginger Hayden more than 50 times in her bed in Fort Worth, then confessed two years later during a drug-treatment program. But he wasn't charged until two decades later, after DNA evidence was tested.
Defense attorneys say he was pressured into a false confession and believed everything said during the drug treatment program was confidential.
Prosecutors said Absalon's 1986 confession included details only the killer would know.