Judge Denies Motion to Stay Execution of Convicted Murderer

319th District Court Judge David Stith denied Monday the motion to stay the execution of Jose Villegas, who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, her mother and her three-year old son in 2001.

It was back on Nov. 7, 2013, when Villegas' execution date was scheduled to take place on April 16 of this year. He was found guilty in the stabbing deaths of 24-year old Erida Perez-Salazar; her 51-year old mother, Alma Perez; and her three-year old son, Jacob.

Last week, Villegas' attorneys requested that Judge Stith extend that execution date by 180 days. District Attorney Mark Skurka explained that Villegas' attorneys brought up issues that had never been brought up in the past 12 years, including claims that Villegas was suffering from mental retardation. He said the judge had taken that fact under advisement.


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