FORT WORTH, Texas (UPI) — A Texas woman was so brain damaged in an accident decades ago she didn’t realize she was helping her boyfriend dispose of a body last year, her attorney says.
Attorney Scott Brown presented that argument to the jury in the trial of Lisa Juran, 52, who is on trial in Fort Worth for evidence tampering, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Tuesday.
Juran is on trial in the death of Walter “James” Anders, 51, whose body was found in May 2012 near railroad tracks on the city’s south side.
Brown said when Juran was 16 she was injured in an automobile accident doctors didn’t think she would survive.
“Since that time, Lisa Juran doesn’t think or process information the way that you and I do,” the lawyer said.
Juran spent much of her time volunteering, Brown said.
“If someone asks her to do something, she just does it,” he said. “She doesn’t question your motives, she doesn’t ask why, she just does it.”
Prosecutor Timothy Bednarz said the verdict on Juran “will boil down to her knowledge and intent.” She told detectives she saw a shoe sticking out of a sleeping bag in which her boyfriend, George Thurston, had concealed Anders’ body, the prosecutor said, and revealed more in repeated interviews.
If convicted, Juran faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Thurston said he shot Anders 12 times in self defense and was acquitted in May of killing him. He was convicted of tampering with evidence and sentenced to 80 years in prison because of several prior convictions.