During an ongoing
first-degree murder trial, the wife of a former Shelby County deputy pleaded
guilty to a lesser charge of injury to the elderly for the 2009 beating death
of her disabled brother-in-law.
guilty plea, Lana Calhoun accepted a 30-year prison sentence in the Texas
Department of Corrections. The plea was made after the prosecuting attorney and Lana Calhoun's attorney reached an agreement during the jury trial.
The Texas Attorney General's Office prosecuted the
case because the Shelby County District Attorney's Office recused itself from
Lana Calhoun and
her husband, Rex Calhoun, were originally arrested on April 29, 2010, following
an investigation into the death of Rex Calhoun's brother, Allen Calhoun, on
Sept. 22, 2009, in his home on the 700 block of Rosehill Road in Timpson.
8, Rex Calhoun pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of injury to the elderly,
which carries a maximum penalty of two years in a state jail. Because Rex
Calhoun had already served more than two years, he was released from jail on
the same day he pleaded guilty.
a spokesman with the Texas Attorney General's Office, prosecutors decided Rex Calhoun's
lesser charge was more appropriate, based on the evidence.
investigation by the Texas Rangers and other Shelby County law enforcement
agencies resulted in the couple's arrest. During the investigation, law
enforcement officials learned that Allen Calhoun had been abused over an
extended period of time.
Allen Calhoun became mentally disabled after a car accident in 1971. He
lived with his brother, Rex Calhoun, and his sister-in-law, Lana Sue
Windham said the couple had obtained power of attorney over Allen Calhoun in
the summer of 2008.
According to Windham, witnesses told authorities they had watched Allen
Calhoun rummage through garbage cans searching for food during his brief
employment at Wal Mart.
Former Shelby County District Attorney Lynda K. Russell recused herself from
the case, citing a conflict-of-interest. The AG's office did not receive the
case until more than a year after it had been charged.