Friends and family members of Hazel Miller Shores Monday remembered the slain Hunt County resident as someone who was always willing to help those close to her.

“She had a heart of gold,” said her son, Jeremy Shores. “She’d help out anybody that she could.”

The emotional testimony came as the prosecution presented its case during the sentencing hearing for Arthur Lee Allen Jr., who was convicted last week of capital murder in connection with Shores’ death.

A jury in the 354th District Court will recommend whether Allen receive a sentence of life in prison, or be sentenced to death by lethal injection.

The prosecution rested its case after attempting to prove Allen not only committed a particularly heinous crime, but also would prove to be a continuing threat to society.

Allen’s defense team is scheduled to present its case starting this morning.

At the start of Monday’s hearing, Assistant District Attorney Keli Michelle Aiken told the jury members they would have to determine two special issues. First, the panel would have to decide whether due to the nature of the crime, or through Allen’s criminal history, the defendant would pose a future danger.

The second issue would be to determine whether there were sufficient mitigating circumstances involved in the crime to justify Allen receiving a life sentence.

The same jury found Allen guilty of capital murder Friday.

Shores was killed at her home in the Kitsee Vista subdivision just south of Quinlan on May 13, 2004. She died of stab wounds about the throat and neck.

“The facts and evidence will show that Arthur Allen is a future danger,” Aiken argued.

Defense attorney Peter Morgan reminded the jury that the prosecution must prove that Allen would be a continuing threat.

“Arthur Lee Allen is going to spend the rest of his life in prison, regardless,” Morgan said.

Should Allen receive a sentence of life in prison under the capital murder statute in place at the time, he would face a minimum of 40 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

Aiken called Gerard Grigsby, an equal opportunity specialist with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), where Shores was employed, to the stand.

Grigsby said both he and his wife were very close to Shores and that he represented several DART employees who wanted to testify.

“Hazel was one of the most caring, sensitive to the needs of other human beings, giving people that we could ever hope to encounter in life,” Grigsby said. “Everybody knew her gentle manner, her quietness, her quick smile.”

Jeremy Shores described his mother as a very loving person.

“She was always happy,” he said. “Her personality was so much of her character.”

District Attorney’s Investigator G. W. Wofford also presented evidence indicating Allen had previously been convicted of a felony count of burglary of a habitation, as well as two misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated and one misdemeanor count of driving while license suspended.

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