Man convicted in mom's death faces sexual assault charges in Arizona

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - David Marmolejo, who was convicted in the 2009 slaying of his mother, Gloria Huerta Marmolejo, will appear in an Arizona court room later this week as he prepares to face multiple charges connected to the deaths of nine prostitutes in the state of Arizona.

Marmolejo was convicted and sentenced to 54-years in prison in 2011 after the first trial ended in a hung jury. The case was later moved to a San Antonio court where he was ultimately convicted of her murder. Marmolejo had a complicated and sometimes tumultuous relationship with his mother, who was upset that he was in a sexual relationship with his step-sister, Mariah Wilson. 

After killing his mother, Marmolejo dumped her body near the playground of a Santa Teresa elementary school with the help of Wilson, who agreed to testify against him in exchange for immunity in the trial. Prosecutors also revealed that Marmolejo had connections to the Texas Syndicate gang.

Before the death of his mother, Marmolejo was being investigated in connection to the 2006 deaths of nine prostitutes in Maricopa County, Arizona. Prosecutors could not determine how the women died, but allegedly connected Marmolejo to their assault and sexual assaults.

He is charged with 15 counts of Sexual Assault, 4 counts of Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, 4 counts of Kidnapping resulting in Death or Serious Injury, 5 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and 2 counts of Sexual Abuse in the Arizona case.

An August 10, 2017 trial date has been set in the Arizona case but before that, this Friday, July 14, he has a Settlement Conference in Maricopa County.

Marmolejo was extradited to Arizona on December 8, 2016 and is awaiting trial for this case. As part of the conviction for his mother's death he is eligible for parole in 2038.

NewsChannel 9 will continue to follow developments in the case against Marmolejo in Maricopa County.

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