retrial begins in beheading of 3 kids
Attorneys for a south Texas man charged with beheading his common-law wife’s three children in 2003 began his retrial Monday on capital murder charges by focusing on his mental state.
John Allen Rubio, 29, was convicted in 2003 of capital murder for killing the children, all under age 4, in Brownsville. A state appeals court overturned Rubio’s conviction and death sentence four years later because statements from the children’s mother, Angela Camacho, erroneously were allowed into evidence.
Camacho pleaded guilty for her role in the slayings and is serving a life sentence. Rubio has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.