Convicted Murderer May be Closer to Retrial


POSTED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 6:52am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 11:13am

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.

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