Patrick Hugh Wayman

Jurors in the 413th District Court on Friday found a Venus man guilty of murder for the shooting death of a Mansfield man.

Officers with the Venus Police Department on Oct. 7, 2017, responded at 6:20 a.m. to the 100 block of West 3rd Street to a weapons call.

Upon arrival, officers found the suspect, Patrick Hugh Wayman, now 62, outside the residence, and a deceased male inside. 

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner identified the victim as Brett Bethurum, 56, of Mansfield. His cause of death was listed as gunshot wound of left anterior shoulder.

According to a press release from Venus PD, Bethurum had been a guest at Wayman’s house.

Johnson County District Attorney Ryan Eady said Wayman shot Bethurum twice; once in the right thigh then again in the left shoulder.

“Wayman argued he got into a physical altercation with Bethurum and he shot him in self defense,” Eady said. “Evidence clearly showed that no such altercation occurred.”

The jury deliberated about six hours Friday before finding Wayman guilty. They returned Tuesday and deliberated about 90 minutes before sentencing him to 20 years. He was given 403 days jail credit.

Assistant district attorneys Timothy Good and Kelsey Jackson assisted Eady on the case.

Johnson County District Attorney Dale Hanna thanked the jury for their time and careful consideration of the evidence presented. 

“I’m happy that justice was carried out and hope the verdict will help bring some level of closure to the victim’s family,” Hanna said.

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