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.
Juan Edward Castillo received lethal injection Wednesday evening for the fatal shooting and robbery of a 19-year-old man that testimony showed was carried out by Castillo and several friends on a secluded road where the victim was enticed by the promise of drugs and sex.
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. Attorneys also had accused prosecutors of withholding information from a police interview with a witness whose testimony they said could have challenged witnesses who did testify against Castillo.
It wasn't clear if additional appeals for Castillo would be filed. Howard stated late Tuesday he wasn't conscious of any new petitions. "I was so positive I'd get the case dismissed I refused to plead guilty. So I go to trial". Castillo stated final week from jail the jewellery was his, not Garcia's, and stated Espinosa was not his girlfriend. A fourth particular person, Teresa Quintero, pleaded no contest to a theft cost and acquired 20 years.
Espinosa testified she'd known Garcia for years and promised him drugs and sex in his auto.
Castillo, 36, in an interview final week from exterior dying row denied any involvement in Garcia's December 3, 2003, killing and stated he had "no thought" who fatally shot the San Antonio rapper with a fame for carrying lots of money and sporting flashy jewellery. But Garcia, who had attracted attention on San Antonio's south side as a rap artist known as J.R., refused and was shot, then shot again when he tried to run away.
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.
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 mom of Castillo's son advised of repeated home violence incidents.