A jury reached a verdict Thursday in the trial of a man who has been accused of hiring his son to kill his wife.
Rev. Tracy Burleson, 46, was found guilty of capital murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Burleson's wife, Pauletta, was shot to death at their home on Greenloch Lane near Greenrock Lane in northeast Harris County on May 18, 2010.
"He lied, he stole and he cheated her out of her life," said Fannie Aaron, Pauletta Burleson's sister.
Investigators said Tracy Burleson paid his son, William Darnell Fuller, 21, $2,000 to kill Pauletta Burleson.
After the verdict was read, the judge asked Tracy Burleson if he had any response. He said no.
"Just has finally been done," Aaron said.
During testimony, John Ross, Pauletta Burleson's son, told the jury that his mother and stepfather had a violent relationship.
Ross said he paid for his mother's funeral. He said Tracy Burleson refused to contribute.
Later, Rosie Williams testified that she was a member of the Burlesons' church and she said she had a sexual relationship Tracy Burleson.
Williams said that Pauletta Burleson confronted her about the affair one month before she was killed.
About a week before the slaying, on May 12, 2010, Burleson's church, the First New Mount Calvary Baptist Church, was destroyed by fire.
Fuller has been charged with murder. A woman described at Tracy Burleson's mistress, Tyonne Palmer, 32, was charged with tampering with evidence.