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Whatever Happened To… Guard Murder

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FOX 4's Heather Hays has an update on the story of a father of five who was shot and killed while working as a security guard at a Bank of America branch in Dallas.

Lionel Newell was at work during the summer of 2011 when police said 34-year-old Courtland King walked in to rob the bank. The 55-year-old guard confronted him and was shot several times with his own gun.

During an exclusive interview from behind bars, King said he didn't remember pulling the trigger because he had smoked marijuana laced with PCP.

"All I remember is smoking some drugs. I was smoking, that's all I remember," he told FOX 4. "I need to talk to somebody that can actually help me remember. I actually can't' make myself remember."

King's capital murder trial the following June lasted a week. He was found guilty.

After the verdict was read, Newell's sister spoke to King and then minutes later there was an outburst from King's girlfriend.

"It's not over!" she yelled.

"You need to shut your mouth. Escort her out of the courtroom. Escort her out of the building," the judge ordered.

King is now serving a life sentence without parole.

Newell's sister believes justice was served.

"Today justice was served for me and my family. The pain is not going away any time, but this is a sense of hope that his life was worth something," Endi Hay-Newell said.

Do you have a story you've been wondering about? Call Heather Hays at 214-720-3195 or email whatever@kdfwfox4.com.

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