The murder took place in Eastland County while Wadlington was a student at Ranger Junior College. Investigators said that Jones, and another suspect conducted an armed raid of Wadlington’s dorm room while armed with a Kalashnikov-type assault rifle. During the altercation in which Wadlington was shot, Wadlington secured the assault rifle, pursued the two robbers into the parking lot, and fatally wounded Jones with the weapon.
District Attorney Russ Thomason said that with a guilty plea to First Degree Murder, Wadlington avoided a trial and agreed to a five-year commitment to be served in concurrence with the 20 years he will serve for the slaying of Sims.
“The case would have been confusing for a jury because old law said that someone acting in self defense had to show evidence of a retreat. The legislature passed a new law with that requirement no longer in place,” said Thomason.
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