‘Pecan Queen’s’ grandson gets life in prison for her death

Carl Pressley and Lillian King
Carl Pressley and Lillian King

LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Two years after the murders of Bonnie Harkey, 85, and her caretaker, Karen Johnson, the last two suspects involved in their deaths have been sentenced.

On Thursday, Harkey’s grandson Carl Presley, 30, was sentenced by Judge J. Allan Garrett to life in prison without parole for the capital murders of both Harkey and Johnson.

Presley’s girlfriend Lillian King, 27, was sentenced to 45 years.

On March 25, 2012, investigators said Presley and King broke into Harkey’s home in San Saba County and waited for the two women to return from church. When they came home, Presley suffocated Johnson and kidnapped Harkey.

The suspects took Harkey to Leon County where they assaulted her and then drowned her in a creek bed.

When Presley and King returned to San Saba the next day, authorities arrested them and the pair confessed to the crimes. Presley and King told investigators in separate interviews that Bruce Harkey, Bonnie Harkey’s stepson, was the person that offered to pay them to kill Bonnie Harkey.

In April, Bruce Harkey was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

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