Gatesville man receives life in prison for capital murder, sexual assault of 2-year-old

Posted at 3:26 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 17:18:51-04

A Coryell County man accused of beating and sexually assaulting a 2-year-old in 2016 has pleaded guilty to capital murder. 

Chet Shelton, 29, was accused of beating and assaulting his girlfriend's 2-year-old son, Makai. Shelton had told police that he was watching his girlfriend's child while she was at work. He told officials that he had put Makai down for a nap and when he checked on him later, he was not breathing. 

Makai died at a local hospital. 

An autopsy found that Makai had died of injuries caused by sexual assault. 

Shelton was arrested on Jan. 13, 2016 on aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of six. The Coryell County District Attorney upgraded the charges to capital murder. 

Shelton received life in prison without the chance of parole. 

Coryell County District Attorney Dustin Boyd released a statement Friday: 

The family of Makai Lamar worked hand in hand with my office in reaching this decision. They desired justice and closure. My office asks for the public to continue to have the family and friends of Makai Lamar in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to face the inherent challenges of losing a child they loved and cherished. 

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