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Condemned Inmate Gets Life Over DeSoto Killing

A formerly homeless man condemned for the 1997 killing of a Dallas-area woman who helped him was sentenced to life in a new hearing.
John Wade Adams was sentenced Monday, a day after Judge Gracie Lewis declared a mistrial in the 47-year-old’s penalty phase after jurors deliberated 27 hours on whether he should remain on death row over the slaying of Donna Vick of DeSoto.
A federal court last year granted a new sentencing hearing to Adams, convicted of capital murder in 1998.
Vick had helped Adams and fellow transient Gregory Wright, who was executed in 2008 in the case.
A prosecutor objected to the jury dismissal because the foreman hadn’t indicated they were deadlocked.
Upon hearing he’d be granted life in prison, Adams told Vick’s family members: “I won.”

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