San Antonio lovers' lane killer scheduled to die Wednesday

Ceria Alfonso
May 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, convicted of killing Garcia, is set for execution Wednesday for the slaying more than 14 years ago.

The execution is the 11th this year in the USA, and the sixth 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. No last-day appeals were filed in the courts to try to block his punishment.

Castillo, 36, in an interview final week from exterior dying row denied any involvement in Garcia's December 3, 2003, killing and stated he had "no thought" who fatally shot the San Antonio rapper with a fame for carrying lots of money and sporting flashy jewellery.

Castillo continues to deny his involvement in the robbery and murder.

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"I used to be supplied a plea discount thrice", Castillo advised the AP. "I was so positive I'd get the case dismissed I refused to plead guilty". Testimony showed she was the driver who took Castillo and Gonzales the night of December 3, 2003, to a dark San Antonio road known as a lovers' lane to carry out what Gonzales testified was supposed to be a simple robbery. Garcia did not know he was being arrange.

She and Francisco Gonzales, who authorities said accompanied Castillo to the ambush, accepted 40-year prison terms in plea agreements. But Garcia, who had attracted attention on San Antonio's south side as a rap artist known as J.R., refused and was shot, then shot again when he tried to run away. Testimony confirmed she was the driving force who took Castillo and Gonzales to the darkish San Antonio highway for what was presupposed to be a easy theft.

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

Castillo was 22 and already had been in jail on a two-year sentence for lethal conduct with a firearm when he was arrested for Garcia's killing. At his trial, the mom of Castillo's son advised of repeated home violence incidents. Other witnesses linked him to shootings, robberies, assaults and drug dealing.

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