‘Spiritual adviser’ to slain Arlington couple gets life term

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A prosecutor says a “spiritual adviser” who demanded $280,000 from a Texas couple must serve life in prison for arranging their 2012 deaths to get their life insurance.

Dephne Wright of Houston was convicted Friday of capital murder of multiple persons and solicitation of capital murder. Prosecutors didn’t seek the death penalty for the fatal beatings of Long Nguyen and his wife, Huong Ly in Arlington.

Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Sam Williams said Tuesday that Wright was the couple’s “spiritual adviser” hired to help turn around their failing commercial sewing business.

Williams says the couple had $850,000 in life insurance and Wright knew the beneficiary, expected some funds and planned to pay $10,000 to men to attack them.

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One suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. A second suspect testified for the prosecution.