TRIAL UPDATE: TX Court of Criminal Appeals rules on Daniel Villegas case
POSTED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 11:05am
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 11:12am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Daniel Villegas, who was 16 when he was convicted of killing two people in a gang-related drive-by shooting in 1993 should receive a new trial in court following a decision filed in court Wednesday, December 18.
A State District Judge recommended a new trial for Villegas over a year ago, and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals also issed an opinion that Villegas should recieve new trial on Wednesday stating in the decision "We agree applicant has demonstrated that counsel was ineffective for not presenting evidence of possible alternative perpetrators and for not discovering and presenting evidence that would have allowed the jury to give effect to the voluntary confession jury instruction submitted in this case."
The decision did not, however, find that Villegas was innocent of the crimes he was previously convicted of, only that he deserved a new trial in court.
Villegas, who is now 35, has maintained that he was wrongfully convicted due to ineffective council and a coerced confession from El Paso Police Detectives.
"I'm not a saint, but even thought I'm not, you know, I'm not a killer either," Villegas said in a taped interview with News Channel 9 in 2011.
We will continue to develop the story throughout the day, tune in with Zach Rael during tonight's newscast for more on Villegas' possible new trial.