Man Convicted In Murders Granted Bond

Jan 14, 2014

A West Texas man convicted of killing two people as a teenager in 1993 has been granted bond after the state ordered he should have a new trial.

Bond for 37-year-old Daniel Villegas was set at $50,000 during a court hearing Tuesday. He was expected to post bond later in the day.

Villegas was sentenced in 1995 to life in prison in the deaths of two teenagers during a drive-by shooting in El Paso.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in December that Villegas should be granted a new trial due to ineffective defense, but also said he hasn't proven his innocence.

His first trial resulted in a hung jury after his attorney called 18 witnesses. His attorney in the second trial called one.

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