'Lovers Lane Killer' set to be executed Wednesday evening

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

A Texas inmate scheduled to be executed Wednesday night has insisted he wasn't concerned in a San Antonio "lovers' lane" killing greater than 14 years in the past that despatched him to dying row.

Juan Edward Castillo received lethal injection Wednesday evening for the fatal shooting and robbery of a 19-year-old man that testimony showed was carried out by Castillo and several friends on a secluded road where the victim was enticed by the promise of drugs and sex.

Castillo can be the 11th convicted killer put to dying this 12 months within the US and the sixth given a deadly injection in Texas. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state's highest criminal court, refused an appeal related to another witness who disputed his own trial testimony against Castillo. Attorneys also had accused prosecutors of withholding information from a police interview with a witness whose testimony they said could have challenged witnesses who did testify against Castillo.

It wasn't clear if extra appeals for Castillo can be filed. Howard stated late Tuesday he wasn't conscious of any new petitions.

Castillo, 36, denied any involvement in the slaying.

"I used to be supplied a plea discount thrice", Castillo advised the AP. "I refused to plead responsible".

He said he rejected several plea offers that would have removed the death penalty as punishment, knew the woman, Debra Espinosa, who testified against him and who was in the auto with Garcia, but denied her assertion that she was Castillo's girlfriend.

"Girlfriend-boyfriend, it was nothing like that", Castillo said.

She and Francisco Gonzales, who authorities said accompanied Castillo to the ambush, accepted 40-year prison terms in plea agreements.

Testimony at Castillo's 2005 trial confirmed Castillo's girlfriend, Debra Espinosa, supplied Garcia medication and intercourse if he'd take her in his automotive to a San Antonio lovers' lane.

Espinosa testified she'd known Garcia for years and promised him drugs and sex in his vehicle.

At some point, Castillo showed up and demanded Garcia's money. However Garcia, often known as rapper J.R., refused and was shot.

Kinfolk stated Castillo talked in regards to the killing and a witness stated she noticed him a day later sporting a particular medallion on a thick gold chain that had belonged to Garcia. At his trial, the mother of Castillo's son told of repeated domestic violence incidents.

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