CANYON, Texas — An Amarillo man has been convicted of murder in in the 2014 beating and shooting death of one of his ex-wives.

A Randall County jury in Canyon, Texas, returned its verdict Thursday on Jeremy Spielbauer. The same jury could imprison him for the rest of his life.

Prosecutors had sought a capital murder conviction, which would have denied him the chance of parole from a life sentence.

The body of Robin Spielbauer of Amarillo was found in April 2014 in a ditch. A woman married to Jeremy Spielbauer at the time of the slaying was charged with capital murder but the count was later dropped.

Prosecutors cited cellphone records in dismissing the case against Katie Spielbauer. She divorced her husband after her arrest and resumed using her maiden name, Katie Phipps.

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