Sep 10, 2013 9:20 AM by AP
A 20-year-old Bridge City man has been sentenced to life in prison for his part in a conspiracy to kill the sole witness to another homicide.
Jeffery Nelson appeared to smile at times in the courtroom's jury box as a niece of his victim, Charles Smith, testified how her uncle's death affected their family.
The 46-year-old Smith was gunned down in his driveway on Aug. 17, 2011, the day before he was scheduled to testify in a pretrial hearing against Nelson's half brother, Quentin McClure, and Chasity Griffin. Smith had identified McClure and Griffin as two of the people who killed 37-year-old Ted Pierce on Jan. 2, 2011.