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      Gray Court man gets life in jail for wife's death

      A Laurens County jury has found a Gray Court man guilty of murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife.

      LAURENS, S.C. (AP) -- A Laurens County jury has found a Gray Court man guilty of murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife.

      Forty-seven-year-old Willie Marvin Williams was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.

      Williams also was found guilty of attempted murder, a weapon's charge and illegal conduct toward a child.

      He had told jurors he went to Natasha Kerns' home to check on her and her children when he was attacked by a gunman in the home.

      Prosecutors say Williams was upset that he had been ordered to stay away from Kerns and that she was seeking child-care payments for her two children.

      Prosecutor Judy Munson told the jury Williams shot Kerns while she was calling 911 to report that he was outsider her home.

      The jury deliberated five hours.