Court Appoints Capital Murder Attorneys to Three Shooting Suspects

The three suspects charged in the Monday afternoon shooting homicide of 59-year old Benjamin Mustafa appeared in court Wednesday to receive court appointed attorneys that specialize in capital murder trials.

Victoria Cavazos, Arturo Navarro and Daniel Garcia, all 26 years of age, were tracked down to a home on 15th Street near Morgan following the shooting, which took place just after 1 p.m. at the Tim's Market on Ayers Street.

It's a critical phase in a capital murder case when court appointed attorneys are selected for defendants. The attorneys are certified to represent those people charged with capital murder.

On Wednesday, 214th District Court Judge Jose Longoria ordered each of the three to appear before him, one by one, as he made those appointments.

According to police, the two men entered the store with masks to rob the place, and fired several times at Mustafa. When officers found their vehicle at the home on 15th Street, they searched the vehicle and took all three suspects into custody.

In documents released by Corpus Christi police investigators, Garcia admitted to detectives that he shot Mustafa during the course of committing a robbery. Navarro admitted to taking part in the robbery, and Cavazos said she drove the getaway car.

All three have been charged with capital murder and are being held on a $1.5 million bond. If found guilty, they could all face life in prison or even the death penalty.

District Attorney Mark Skurka, however, has not made a decision as to whether or not he will seek the death penalty for one or all three of the suspects. That decision could come later as the investigation continues.

A candlelight vigil will be held in memory of Mustafa at 8 p.m. Wednesday in front of the Tim's Market.


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