Texas Court of Criminal Appeals hands down mandate in Villegas case
POSTED: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 12:39pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 6:04pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals handed down a mandate shortly after 11 a.m. Monday morning allowing for a bond to be set in the case of Daniel Villegas according to Villegas' attorney, Joe Spencer.
John Mimbela, the organizer behind www.questforjustice.net, and one of Villegas biggest supporters says that they expect the bond hearing to happen in Judge Medrano's courtroom any time now, but most likely the hearing will occur Tuesday morning.
Mimbela says that a crew from Dateline NBC, who has been following the Villegas case for several years is set to land in El Paso on Monday afternoon in preparation for the bond hearing.
Villegas was accused and convicted of killing two men in a drive-by shooting in Northeast El Paso in 1993. Villegas has maintained his innocence throughout his time served in prison, and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed that Villegas should at the very least, be granted a new trial based on their review of his case, stating that he had improper representation.