Texas Executes Man Convicted of Killing 3 in San Antonio

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Texas Executes Man Convicted Of Murdering 3 In San Antonio.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 41-year-old Texas prisoner was put to death Wednesday evening for the slayings of three people during a robbery at their San Antonio home more than 21 years ago.

Prieto was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die for the fatal stabbings of Rodolfo Rodriguez, 72, his wife, Virginia, 62, and Paula Moran, their 90-year-old former nanny who lived with them. Arnold Prieto, who spurned a plea deal for a sentence of less than life in prison, became the first inmate to receive a lethal injection this year in Texas, which carried out 10 executions in 2014.

The slayings went unsolved until informant’s tip sent San Antonio police to Carrollton, a north Dallas suburb, where a grandnephew of the slain couple implicated himself, his brother and Prieto. Authorities said Prieto told them he and brothers Jesse and Guadalupe Hernandez believed the Rodriguezes had about $10,000 cash used for a check-cashing business they operated out of their home. Prieto told police the three had been using cocaine and continued to do so during their 300-mile drive from the Dallas suburb of Carrollton to San Antonio. Prieto was found with other items taken during the robbery and acknowledged to police his involvement in the attacks, Bernard said. “Obviously, most of the effort was to keep those statements from the jury … and mitigate his role in order to save his life,” Bernard said of the defense trial strategy. They also were told he was indicted in January 1994 on federal charges of engaging in organized criminal activity for the theft of 163 laptops worth $676,000 from a Dallas warehouse where he had worked.

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