WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A jury made up of 7 men and 5 women returned a verdict on Thursday, August 25, 2022, in the capital murder trial of a man accused of the brutal beating of a 91-year-old woman, leading to her death in April 2019.

Thursday morning in the 30th District Court, the jury found Byron Jack Rickard, 45, of Wichita Falls, guilty of capital murder for Ruby Ditto’s death after she was found lying in her yard on April 28, 2019.

Deliberation began around 9:45 a.m. following closing arguments from Wichita County District Attorney John Gillespie, representing the State of Texas, and Public Defender David Bost, representing Rickard.

The jury deliberated for about an hour before reaching a guilty verdict.

Following the guilty verdict, Rickard was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

According to the prosecution, Wichita County District Attorney John Gillespie did not seek the death penalty for Rickard because of his background of mental issues.

Recap of Rickard’s capital murder trial

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