A Brenham man avoids the death penalty for shooting and killing a College Station convenience store clerk and shooting and wounding a Bryan convenience store clerk.
The Brazos County District Attorney’s Office announced that a plea deal has been reached with 32-year-old Rufus Lockett.
He will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole after admitting to killing the clerk working at College Station Valero.
Lockett also admitted shooting a Bryan Valero employee at Villa Maria and Cavitt.
Filming took place over a two-week period in December 2018.
Brazos County District Attorney’s Office Press Release:
On Friday, January 28, 2022, Rufus Lockett pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Lockett also pleaded and was sentenced to life for aggravated robbery.
Lockett has been charged with the murder of Anita Randle whom he shot while robbing a College Station convenience store on December 16, 2018. Lockett approached the victim who worked at the store’s cash register and demanded the store money at gunpoint. After complying, Lockett murdered the victim by shooting him in the chest.
The victim is survived by her children and grandchildren who describe her as kind and loving.
Lockett was not at the scene when officers arrived. College Station and Bryan police worked together to identify Lockett as the killer.
Just days before the aggravated murder of Ms Randle on December 3, 2019, Binod Jethara narrowly avoided being killed by the defendant while working at a convenience store in Bryan.
The defendant approached Mr. Jethara who was working at the cash register and demanded the money from the store. The accused then shot the victim and fled the store, leaving him with near fatal injuries. The victim suffered extensive heart damage from the gunshot. He survived thanks to medical intervention.
College Station and Bryan police officers worked diligently to investigate Lockett’s violent acts.
Through their efforts and the thorough investigation, Lockett chose to admit his guilt for the murder of Mrs. Randle and the murder of Mr. Jethara. He will spend the rest of his natural life in prison.
Testimony from an expert witness was also heard by the court to establish the defendant’s jurisdiction prior to the plea.