A US Border Patrol agent in Texas has pleaded not guilty to capital homicide and different fees within the September killings of 4 girls who prosecutors say have been sex workers.
Juan David Ortiz, a 10-year veteran of US Customs and Border Patrol, entered the pleas on Thursday earlier than a pass judgement on within the border town of Laredo. He is accused of killing Melissa Ramirez, Claudine Luera, Guiselda Alicia Cantu and Janelle Ortiz.
Each was once shot within the head and left alongside rural Laredo-area roads. One died of blunt power trauma after being shot.
Ortiz was once apprehended after a 5th lady escaped and positioned a state trooper, in step with government.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz has stated he’s going to search the demise penalty if Ortiz is convicted of capital homicide.
“He deemed them to be the scum of the earth, and he wanted to move forward and clean the streets of these types of people,” Alaniz stated remaining month.
‘Hunting the streets’
Alaniz contends that Ortiz instructed investigators he was once “doing a service” by way of killing the ladies and that he did not suppose legislation enforcement was once doing sufficient to curb prostitution.
Joel Perez, Ortiz’s legal professional, stated his shopper “like any other person charged with a crime, is presumed innocent”.
Up till the agent’s arrest, Alaniz stated, Ortiz “would go about his daily activities like anybody here. He appeared normal by all accounts and circumstances”.
“At the nighttime, he was someone else, hunting the streets of San Bernardo for this community of people and arbitrarily deciding who he was going to kill next.”
Yanira Resendez, a spokeswoman for the Webb County District Attorney’s place of business, stated the mum of one of the lifeless girls screamed at Ortiz in Spanish as he was once led out of the courtoom in handcuffs. “Damn you, you damn murder,” she yelled.