A 69-year-old San Antonio, Texas, woman’s long and winding solicitation of capital murder case, which included significant questions about the defendant’s competency to stand trial along the way, has ended with a 20-year prison sentence.
Ruth Ann Comer learned her fate last Thursday, April 6, in Judge Jennifer Pena’s Bexar County courtroom. The sentence was handed down more than a decade after Comer’s 68-year-old businessman boyfriend, Jerry Augustus Collins, was brutally killed in a never-charged 2012 trailer-home murder that prosecutors believed was connected to an ensuing 2013 murder-for-hire plot. That plot targeted Comer’s son Jacob Thomas and his wife Kristina Moore, Comer’s daughter-in-law.
The prosecution’s theory of the case against Comer is that she was trying to tie up loose ends after Collins’ death, which occurred not long after Comer was written into his will and stood to gain half a million dollars upon the hardware store owner’s death, News4SA reported in 2018.
“I want Kristina gone, and if you have to, kill Jacob,” Comer told carnival worker Charles Grube, after that man tipped authorities off to the plot and agreed to record his interactions with the defendant. She also provided him with a handgun.
Authorities have long believed that Comer targeted Moore in the murder-for-hire plot several months later for a particular reason: to cover up her own involvement in orchestrating Collins’ murder.
To date, no one has been charged with murdering Jerry Collins.
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