Defendant testifies in Brewster County murder trial

Defendant testifies in Brewster County murder trial

BREWSTER COUNTY, TX (KWES) - The second murder defendant to stand trial in a former Kilgore coach's death took the witness stand Thursday in Brewster County's 394th District Court.

Charles Levi Morrow sobbed as he shared his account of Halloween 2014 and the moments after Trey Sands was shot in the back of the head.

Morrow admitted on the stand to hitting Sands four times in the head with a two-by-four.

The former football coach had already been shot in the back of the head by co-worker Keith McWilliams.

"I thought he deserved better than to just be left in there to die like that," Morrow told the court. "I tried to give him a quicker death. I didn't want him to have to linger."

McWilliams was tried last month in Brewster County and found guilty of murder.

Jurors sentenced him to life in prison after hearing multiple accounts of how he killed Sands and hid his body with Morrow.

If convicted of first degree murder, Morrow faces five to 99 years prison.

Trial proceedings are scheduled to continue Friday morning in Brewster County.

The Kilgore News Herald contributed to this report. Copyright 2016 KWES. All rights reserved.