Convicted Murderer May be Closer to Retrial
POSTED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 7:52am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 12:13pm
EL PASO - It's a big day in court today for an El Paso man who's been convicted of a double-murder he says he never committed.
Daniel Villegas has been in prison for the past 18 years. He says he was convicted of murder after a detective forced him into confessing the crime.
Today, a judge will give a recommendation to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on whether Daniel deserves a retrial.
It all started in 1993 when two people were killed in a drive-by shooting in Northeast El Paso Villegas was a teenager at the time and says a police officer bullied and threatened him into a false confession.
His family and friends have been actively fighting for Daniel for the past five years claiming he was wrongfully convicted.
His hearing is today at 11:30 a.m. on the 12th floor with Judge Sam Medrano.
No matter what the verdict is today, the fight won't be over until the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals makes a decision.