Man Convicted In El Paso Murders Wants Confession Tossed

Feb 28, 2014

Attorneys for a West Texas man convicted of two murders have filed a motion asking a judge to suppress the confession he made after his 1993 arrest.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in December overturned the convictions of Daniel Villegas, agreeing that he had ineffective counsel at trial. In January, Villegas was released on bond after 18 years in prison and a new trial was scheduled for May 28.

State District Judge Sam Medrano Jr. will rule on the motions on March 28.

Joe Spencer is the attorney handling the Villegas appeal. He says the confession to an El Paso police detective was made under coercion and duress.

Villegas was sentenced in 1995 to life imprisonment in the deaths of two teenagers in an El Paso drive-by shooting.

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