Plea deal ends Fort Worth trial in 1983 murder

Gavel - KXAN File
Gavel - KXAN File

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A murder trial in a 31-year-old Fort Worth slaying case has ended with a plea deal. A trial for 50-year-old Benjamin Bewley was entering a third day Thursday when attorneys said they’d reached an agreement where Bewley would plead guilty to the 1983 slaying of pawnshop owner Melvin Lavine during a robbery at his home. State District Judge Louis Sturns then sentenced Bewley to 15 years in prison.

Bewley’s lawyer tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he’ll become eligible for parole in five years. DNA evidence found on a piece of broken glass door from Lavine’s home tied Bewley to the slaying scene. At the time of his arrest last year, he was in a jail in Taylor County on a drunken driving charge. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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