Lafayette woman convicted in 2010 slaying with prosthetic leg

Updated: Mar. 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM CDT
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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - After deliberating for less than two

hours, a Lafayette Parish jury has convicted Debra Sue Hewitt in

the 2010 slaying of her boyfriend.

Hewitt and John Clifford Romine were both accused in the killing

of 47-year-old Dwayne Ball, whose decomposing body was found five

to six weeks after his death.

Prosecutor Pat Magee said Hewitt, who uses a wheelchair since

losing her leg, of stomping on Ball with her prosthetic leg, then

taking the leg off and using it to strike Ball repeatedly on the


Magee said Romine is set to stand trial for second-degree murder

next month.

The Advocate reports ( ) Hewitt waived her

sentencing rights and was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday by

state District Judge Marilyn Castle.

Information from: The Advocate,

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