Texan gets life term in 2015 drowning of boy, 3, in pond

Texan gets life term in 2015 drowning of boy, 3, in pond

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in the drowning death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old nephew.

Authorities say Bobby Woods Jr. told police that his girlfriend, Billie Jean Cuttler, was pregnant and that he wanted 3-year-old Mason Cuttler dead because they needed space at the home where several families lived. An attorney later said Cuttler wasn’t pregnant.

Woods was convicted Friday of capital murder for the 2015 death. Investigators say Woods pushed Mason into a pond near Lufkin, 110 miles (175 kilometers) northeast of Houston.

Cuttler, who faced competency issues , pleaded guilty to conspiracy commit murder in exchange for a 20-year prison term.

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