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Couple's slaying brings life term

June 03, 2008|From the Associated Press

A man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the beating deaths of a couple in eastern Los Angeles County.

Lewis Hardin apologized to the victims' family Monday, but he maintains he had nothing to do with the killings of 81-year-old Hubert Souther and his 79-year-old wife, Elizabeth, in their La Habra Heights home.

Hardin, 35, says he got mixed up with the wrong crowd.

Prosecutors say co-defendant Theodore Shove arranged for Hardin to kill the couple with a tire iron so he could take over Souther's aerospace salvage business.

Shove was sentenced to death in March. Hardin was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder.

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