Guilty verdict in consulate worker murder trial
El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — An accused Barrio Azteca gang member is convicted of all 11 counts related to the shooting deaths of two U.S. Consulate workers and an El Paso County Jail detention officer four years ago.
Arturo Gallegos Castrellon now faces life in prison, after being found guilty on charges ranging from murder to conspiracy to traffic drugs like heroin, cocaine and marijuana into the United States in federal court.
In March 2010, Arthur Redelfs, the detention officer, and his wife, U.S. Consulate worker Leslie Ann Enriquez, were leaving a birthday party in their white SUV with their infant daughter sitting in a car seat when they were gunned down and killed in an apparent attack against a rival drug cartel.
Gallegos was accused of ordering that attack.
Gallegos was emotionless as the verdict for all 11 counts was read.
His attorney, Randy Ortega, said they had a feeling this would be the outcome.
I'm not surprised. There was a lot of evidence pointed to my client. The evidence was purchased in terms of witnesses being paid large amounts of money, getting sentence reductions, and getting family members brought into the U.S. with legal status.
Ortega said his client maintains he was never a Barrio Azteca member, and is appealing the conviction to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Gallegos' sentencing date is scheduled for April 24.