A Burleson County man and convicted sex offender has pleaded not guilty to the capital murder of his girlfriend earlier this year at her home and could receive the death penalty for the crime.
52-year-old Eddie Lee is accused of fatally shooting longtime Caldwell resident Jean Slovacek on June 29th, during the early morning hours and for initiating a lengthy standoff that ended with Lee’s arrest.
Police learned of the murder from Slovacek’s granddaughter, who escaped from the home after allegedly being sexually assaulted by Lee for several hours before her getaway.
Hours after the standoff began Lee surrendered to Burleson County Sheriff’s Deputies, Texas Rangers and troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety and was arrested was arrested. Unable to pay the $2.5 million dollar bond, Lee remains an inmate at the Burleson County Jail.
The decision on whether or not prosecutors will seek the death penalty will be made by Burleson County District Attorney Elect Julie Renken who takes office in January.
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