Guilty plea en­tered in killing of new mom

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports

CONROE | A Houston woman charged with killing a mother and abducting her new­born son last year avoided a pos­si­ble death sen­tence by plead­ing guilty Tues­day and ac­cept­ing a sen­tence of life with­out pa­role.

Vera McClain, 32, was await­ing trial on a cap­i­tal mur­der charge for fa­tally shoot­ing the new mother out­side a pe­di­atric clinic in the Houston sub­urb of Spring and snatch­ing her 3-day-old son. Mont­gomery County pros­e­cu­tors had said they would seek the death penalty against McClain for the April 2012 slay­ing of Kala Golden-Schuchardt, 28.

The in­fant was found hours later safe with McClain’s sis­ter, who told au­thor­i­ties McClain in­tended to adopt the child.

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