A Tyler County jury has sentenced 35-year-old Christopher Paulette to life in prison without the possibility of parole following his conviction for the capital murder of 64-year-old Susan Morris, of Onalaska. It happened at a home on County Road 4289 in the Hillister Community.
Tyler County deputies responded to that location on the morning of Friday, December 21st, 2018 when it was reported that a man was being held there against his will. They arrived and found a man, alive, with his hands bound at the front of the house, and inside they found the body of Susan Morris.
Sheriff Brian Weatherford said his deputies found Christopher Paulette nearby armed with a gun. He was arrested and later indicted on a charge of capital murder.
It was revealed at trial that Paulette, who knew the woman, picked her up at her home in Onalaska under the pretense that they were going to a casino to gamble.
However, District Attorney Lucas Babin and his Assistant DA, Pat Hardy, brought forth testimony and evidence that Paulette instead took her to his home where he bound her hands with zip-ties to rafters in the attic and then tortured her to death.
A forensic pathologist testified that Morris was burned with a blow torch, beaten, cut, and strangled to death. The official cause of death was ruled asphyxiation and blunt force trauma.
Paulette testified during trial that he is a satan worshipper and he tortured Morris to death as part of a satanic ritual.
It was also revealed at trial that another man had been abducted by Paulette several years ago and he was bound with zip-ties in a bathtub where Paulette nearly beat him to death, including breaking his legs with a baseball bat.
Paulette was represented by defense attorneys Bobby Phillips of Livingston and Russell Wright of Kountze