Shaina Sepulvado is accused of convincing her friend, Colton Weir, to shoot James Kelly, 32, in October 2005. Sepulvado has been certified as an adult for trial. Last August, Sepulvado's mother, Marcia Kelly, 35, was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison for masterminding the killing of her husband in the alleged murder-for-hire scheme. Weir was convicted of capital murder in November. In Marcia Kelly's trial, witnesses testified that she asked different men to kill her husband over the course of a year, promising money, trucks, four-wheelers and Jet Skis. Eventually, witnesses said, Sepulvado enlisted the help of Weir and her 23-year-old boyfriend, Dallas Christian. Sepulvado testified in Marcia Kelly's defense in August and claimed her stepfather molested her. According to the district attorney's office, she never claimed her stepfather had sexually abused her before that day on the stand. According to previous testimony, the night of Oct. 22, 2005, James Kelly stayed up late repairing one of the semi trucks he used in his wood-chip hauling business. Marcia Kelly drove to Lufkin that night to her job as a respiratory therapist, and the next morning, James Kelly's stepfather found the man's body with a single bullet wound to the head. According to the state, early Oct. 23, a Saturday morning, Christian drove Sepulvado and Weir to a driveway down the road from the Kellys' manufactured home. In the back seat sat two other men the trio had picked up at a party at the Angelina River. Weir and Sepulvado left the car, Weir carrying a .30-30 rifle. They walked through a wooded area to the home, where Weir shot James Kelly in the head, Sepulvado said. After the shooting, Sepulvado stopped at a convenience store to call her mother, leaving her a cryptic message indicating that Kelly was dead, the state said. She and the others then drove to Goodman Bridge on the Angelina River, where they burned clothing worn in the shooting and threw the gun in the river. In August, the jury took about two hours to convict Marcia Kelly. On Nov. 15, a jury took just 40 minutes to convict Weir on his 17th birthday. Christian remains in the Nacogdoches County jail. He had been found incompetent to stand trial in May 2006, but was treated in the North Texas State Mental Hospital in Vernon and transferred to the Nacogdoches County jail in November. His trial date has not been set.

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