A Texas lawyer and free divorce attorney are facing murder charges for the shooting death of his girlfriend in her home in Austin, Texas.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office announced Monday that James B. McNeil Jr. was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in the March 28, 2017, shooting death that also wounded a neighbor, who is in a coma.
McNeil was the attorney representing a woman who was in her 20s when she was shot in the chest by a man who lived across the street from her home.
According to prosecutors, McNeil and the woman exchanged gunfire after the two argued about McNeil’s refusal to sell her a house and his refusal to move out of the home he shared with her parents.
After the shooting, McNeill allegedly fled the scene and later confessed to authorities that he had shot the woman because he feared her getting custody of her children.
A grand jury returned a grand jury indictment charging McNeil with first-degree murder and a felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
McNeil is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 31.