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3:43 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Bond Hearing Set For Man Convicted In 1993 Murders

A West Texas man convicted of killing two people as a teenager in 1993 may be released on bond after the state ordered he should have a new trial.

The attorney for Daniel Villegas says he will request bond for his client at a hearing Tuesday in El Paso.

Villegas was sentenced in 1995 to life in prison for killing two teenagers during a drive-by shooting. But the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in December he should be granted a new trial due to ineffective defense.

The El Paso Times reports his first trial in 1993 resulted in a hung jury after his attorney called 18 witnesses. His attorney in the second trial called one.

A message left with the district attorney's office was not immediately returned.

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