Byron Looper (cont)
On the morning of October 19, 1998, Burks was found at his farm slumped over the steering wheel of his pickup truck, and a single bullet wound above his left eye. Farmhand, Wesley Rex, said that he had seen a black car driven by a man in sunglasses and black gloves pass by the farm several times that morning. Although he managed to get a good look at the driver he was, at first, unable to identify him. That would all change when he saw Byron Looper on television.
It wouldn’t be until August 2000, that Looper would be convicted of first-degree murder after his long time friend and United States Marine Corps recruiter Joe Bond would testify that Looper had spoken at length about how he had eliminated his rival. He would be sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole. He would not complete his sentence because on June 26, 2013, he was found in his cell, dead of a drug overdose after he had assaulted a pregnant female counselor two hours earlier.