Mona Nelson was found guilty of capital murder of 12-year-old Jonathan Foster, and she will now spend the rest of her life in prison, according to reports.
KHOU-11 reported that Nelson was accused of kidnapping and murdering Foster in late 2010. On the night of the murder, surveillance footage showed Nelson dumping something out of her truck.
Nelson admitted that she was told by the boy’s stepfather to get rid of a container, but she claims she didn’t know it contained the remains of Foster. Later, she told investigators she dumped the body.
Authorities said that Nelson, who worked as a maintenence worker and welder, stuffed his badly burned body in a culvert, according to The Associated Press.
Defense attorney Allen Tanner said that Nelson did not kill the boy, and she did not touch his body, reported ABC-13. Prosector Connie Spence contended that she kidnapped and killed the child on Christmas Eve in 2010.
Tanner said that the boy’s stepfather killed Foster because the boy came between him and Nelson. The stepfather denied the accusations.
“This defendant took Jonathan Foster back to her house and killed him,” Spence said. “We’ll never know how she killed him because she burned his body to the point where you can’t tell.”
There was speculation that Nelson killed the boy with a blow torch, but Spence said “we’ll never know how she killed him,” according to AP. “The mind reels at the possibilities.”
Spence added that despite there being no motive, Nelson “got drunk, and when she gets drunk she gets mean.”
Citing the local District Attorney’s office, The Houston Chronicle reported that Nelson killed the boy because he did not let her in an apartment where he was staying.