Texas executes man for "lovers' lane" killing

Texas executes man for

Texas executes man for "lovers' lane" killing

Castillo can be the 11th convicted killer put to dying this 12 months within the US and the sixth given a deadly injection in Texas. Testimony showed she was the driver who took Castillo and Gonzales to the dark San Antonio road for what was supposed to be a simple robbery.

Juan Castillo was convicted for the death of 19-year-old, Tommy Garcia, in San Antonio in 2003 during a robbery.

A Texas inmate who insisted he wasn't involved in a San Antonio "lovers' lane" killing more than 14 years ago has been executed for the slaying.

His appeals attorneys contended no bodily proof tied him to the slaying of Tommy Garcia Jr. and argued in appeals that trial testimony from witnesses who stated he both advised them in regards to the slaying or they heard Castillo speak about committing the crime was false or deceptive.

It wasn't clear if additional appeals for Castillo would be filed.

The Texas parole board on Monday refused a clemency request and the U.S. Supreme Court docket and the Texas Court docket of Prison Appeals, the state's highest prison court docket, each refused appeals that targeted on witness trial testimony that implicated Castillo.

Castillo in an interview last week from outside death row denied any involvement in Garcia's December 3, 2003, killing and said he had "no idea" who fatally shot the San Antonio rapper with a reputation for carrying a lot of cash and wearing flashy jewelry. Howard stated late Tuesday he wasn't conscious of any new petitions.

Castillo, 36, denied any involvement in the slaying.

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He said he rejected several plea offers that would have removed the death penalty as punishment, knew the woman, Debra Espinosa, who testified against him and who was in the auto with Garcia, but denied her assertion that she was Castillo's girlfriend. "I love you all", Castillo said. "So I go to trial".

"Girlfriend-boyfriend, it was nothing like that", Castillo said.

Espinosa and Francisco Gonzales, who authorities stated accompanied Castillo to the ambush, accepted 40-year jail phrases in plea agreements. Prosecutors said Garcia was set up by his then girlfriend, who lured him to the remote spot with the promise of sex and drugs but plotted to have him robbed by Castillo and two others.

At some point, Castillo showed up and demanded Garcia's money.

Castillo said he knew the woman, Debra Espinosa, who testified against him and who was in the vehicle with Garcia, but denied her assertion she was his girlfriend. Garcia refused and was shot. A fourth person, Teresa Quintero, pleaded no contest to a robbery charge and received 20 years.

Relatives said Castillo talked about the killing and a witness said she saw him a day later wearing a distinctive medallion on a thick gold chain that had belonged to Garcia.

The jewellery was his, not the victim's, Castillo insisted last week from prison.

Castillo was 22 and already had been in prison with a two-year sentence for deadly conduct with a firearm when he was arrested for Garcia's murder. At his trial, the mother of Castillo's son told of repeated domestic violence incidents. Other witnesses linked him to shootings, robberies, assaults and drug dealing.

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