Dozens Gather for Villegas Vigil Outside County Jail
POSTED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 9:45pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 7:44am
EL PASO - Despite the cold temperatures tonight, dozens of people still gathered outside the county jail to support convicted killer Daniel Villegas.
They held a vigil for the El Paso man who claims he's serving a life sentence for a double-murder he didn't commit.
Daniel Villegas has spent the last 17 years in prison for a drive-by shooting in Northeast El Paso. Villegas says a detective bullied him into confessing. He's hoping that now, a judge will decide to recommend a re-trial for him.
Villegas' sister, Michelle Pena, was at tonight's vigil.
"...there's a lot of times where we'll go to court and we come home and we're able to talk about it, comfort each other. But, he has to go back up to the cell by himself, and he doesn't get to see all the support he has, so it's important for us to be here," said Pena.
Villegas' final hearing starts tomorrow. The judge hearing the case can't grant Villegas a new trial, but he can deny a new trial.