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Darlene Gentry
Darlene Gentry
Darlene Gentry (née Doskocil) was the perfect Texas beauty -- blonde with a button nose and big blue eyes. It seemed that the former homecoming queen had found the perfect husband in the charming and dark-haired Keith Gentry. Together they went out dancing and drinking and enjoyed the blissful life of good-looking newlyweds.

Soon enough, humdrum home life began to replace youthful excitement. Keith had a job at a local electrical company that sent him out of town for four days a week. Darlene finished her nursing degree and found a job as a nurse. The couple had three boys and lived next door to Keith's parents in the small town of Robinson, just outside of Waco. Their relationship became strained, and financial troubles only made it worse. Keith promised Darlene he'd never leave her and the kids.

On the early morning of November 9, 2005, Darlene called 911 and reported that Keith had been shot during a home invasion. "There's blood on the bed and he is gurgling," she told the dispatcher. Police arrived at the Gentry home, and soon, Darlene's story started to fall apart. The first thing that struck investigators was that Darlene, a registered nurse, had made no effort to save her husband. Then, a pair of gloves found in Darlene's trash can tested positive for gunshot residue. The most damning bit of evidence of all, however, came in the form of a video secretly shot by two Texas Rangers. The video showed Darlene wading around in a pond -- the same pond where two days prior, detectives had found the .22 caliber handgun used to kill Keith. Shortly after Keith's death, Darlene had expressed an interest in buying property that the pond was on, but told the owner she wanted the pond filled. The owner, aware of the events surrounding Darlene, called police and told them the gun may be in the pond. In 2007, Gentry was sentenced to 60 years in prison.
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