Man could face death penalty after Lubbock mother's death - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/20/10

Man could face death penalty after Lubbock mother's death

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A man could face the death penalty after a grand jury indicts him for capital murder in the death of a Lubbock mother of three.

Dustin Kendrick, 33, was indicted Thursday for the murder of 32-year-old Tori Pennington. Pennington was found strangled to death in her home, by her own young son, and now a man she barely knew is being held responsible.

Police say Kendrick met Pennington through an online dating service, they met face to face for the first time April 24th. That was the last night Pennington was seen alive.

Kendrick was arrested that next day at his mother's south Lubbock home. According to the arrest warrant he confessed to killing Pennington to his mother.

On Thursday, a Lubbock County grand jury decided there was enough evidence to indict Kendrick for capital murder. "The indictment that the grand jury returned today was that in the course of committing or attempting to commit an aggravated sexual assault that he intentionally took the life of the victim and that's what makes something capital murder and that's what was in the indictment that was returned," said Lubbock County District Attorney Matt Powell.

Kendrick now faces either life in prison without parole or death. "We are a long ways away from deciding if we are going to seek the death penalty in this case," said Powell.

Powell says the investigation doesn't stop here, with this indictment. "There's lots of things we do in this office, get lots of records, we want as much information as we can on him before we make that decision," said Powell.

Kendrick remains in the Lubbock County Jail.

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