FROM STAFF REPORTS
LLANO — After more than two weeks of hearing testimony in the murder trial of Karra Trichele Allen, a Llano County jury took about 20 minutes to return a guilty verdict just before noon June 2.
Less than five hours later, that same jury sentenced her to life in prison.
The jury convicted the 44-year-old woman in the murder of her husband, 38-year-old Brian Dean Allen. Authorities found the body of the man on the night of July 1, 2013, at the couple’s residence in the 1400 block of CR 320, located near Bertram.
The trial, which was moved to Llano County from Burnet County, started May 19 in State District Judge J. Allan Garrett’s courtroom.
The defense tried to argue the woman shot her husband in self-defense, claiming she was a battered woman.
Prosecutors alleged the woman didn’t kill her husband in self-defense but murdered him. During the investigation, Burnet County deputies recovered some of the woman’s text messages she allegedly sent to a friend just prior to the man’s death that day stating, “Wish I had hogs now..id shoot his fat (expletive) roll him in molasses and feed him to them…Or i can saw him up…so if its (hole in the ground) not big enuf no worries ill dismember him.”
In excerpts of the 9-1-1 call from the night of Allen’s death, the woman told dispatchers her husband produced a gun, she took it away and shot him in the back.