After being convicted for fatally shooting a deputy sheriff in west Texas, a Texas man could face the death penalty or a life sentence without parole.
Facundo Chavez, 31, was found guilty of capital homicide in the death of El Paso County deputy Peter Herrera in 2019 during a traffic check by a jury in El Paso after about 30 minutes of deliberation.
Chavez confessed during his testimony that he had shot and beaten Herrera. He said he did this because of his girlfriend who was present at the time. She claimed Herrera harassed her.
The prosecution argued that Herrera didn’t know who was inside the car he stopped shortly before 2 am for a traffic infraction because it was an unfamiliar vehicle and the stop took place in a darkened area.
Authorities claim that Chavez shot 15 bullets at Herrera and then beat his deputy using a gun after he got out of the car on the deputy’s demand.
Now, the jury will decide whether Chavez is to be sentenced to death or to life imprisonment.
Herrera died just two days after the shooting that took place in San Elizario on the southern outskirts El Paso near the border between the United States and Mexico. The authorities initially stated that Herrera would survive his injuries because he was wearing body armor.
Arlene Pina was initially charged as capital homicide for the shooting. She later pleaded to manslaughter in a plea agreement and is currently serving a fifteen-year prison term.