Other Suspect in Villegas Murders Ordered Testify Again
POSTED: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 1:52pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 11:00am
EL PASO- A judge has ordered a man Villegas' lawyers say is guilty of the 1993 murders back to the stand.
Rodolfo Flores,, the man Daniel Villegas's defense team argues is responsible for the 1993 Electric Street shooting was ordered back onto the stand after the judge was made aware of an affidavit Flores made with the District Attorney's Office.
Flores attempted to plead his fifth amendment right to not answer any questions while on the witness stand on Wednesday afternoon. However, the judge decided Flores has already waived that right by signing an affidavit regarding the shooting deaths of Robert England and Armondo Laso. Florez's attorney Joseph Vasquez asked the judge for time to speak with his client about possible ramifications of his testimony. The request was granted.
Vasquez took to the stand making the court aware of the affidavit. Vasquez testified that he was denied access to his client at the jail in El Paso late last week. Instead Vasquez testified that he was only able to meet with Flores after the District Attorney's Office had brought Flores into their office.
The defense argued that the District Attorney's Office was attempting to make a deal with Flores to keep him from testifying in the Villegas retrial hearing. Vasquez represented Flores in the federal drug case he is currently serving prison time for. Flores will take the witness stand Thursday morning.