Wall gets another life term

November 21, 2012

Confessed killer Bernie Mac Wall, already in prison for a 1987 Hood County murder, has received a second term of life in prison without possibility of parole.

Wall, 45, formerly of Lake Granbury Estates, recently received the sentence from an East Texas jury in Cass County for the 2009 murder of Aleta Ann Kelly, 49, of Douglassville, court documents show.

Both murders – Bonnie Wendt Barber of Oak Trail Shores and Kelly – were capital offenses. Wall confessed to both crimes during questioning from a Texas Ranger while in the Hood County Jail.

Barber was abducted on June 14, 1987, from a convenience store on Morgan Street where she worked. Wall admitted taking her to a boat ramp and drowning her.

The Cass County capital murder indictment states that Wall shot Kelly twice in the head with a .38-caliber handgun, “in the course of committing or attempting to commit the offense of robbery of Aleta Kelly.”

Kelly’s body was found in her vehicle at an abandoned store in Marietta.

Not long after completing 20 years in prison for an aggravated sexual assault he committed as a young man in Tarrant County, Wall was convicted of a November 2008 attempted kidnapping in Granbury.

Wall was charged with jumping bail/failure to appear in court, and later was sentenced to 20 years in the attempted kidnapping.

Hood County District Attorney Rob Christian had reached a plea agreement with Wall’s attorneys for him to plead guilty to four local felony counts in return for not seeking the death penalty.

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