Defense: Intent key in double homicide
Mom was just caught in crossfire as daughter was shot, lawyer says.
The defense in the capital murder trial of Jose Aviles isn’t contesting whether he killed Norma Hurtado and her mother Maria Hurtado in April 2011. They are disputing his intent.
Investigators say Aviles, 47, fatally shot the Hurtados because he disapproved of his teenage daughter’s lesbian relationship with Norma Hurtado, 24. The deaths prompted many across Central Texas to condemn what they described as a hatedriven crime.
In opening statements Tuesday, criminal defense attorney Brad Urrutia said he didn’t dispute that his client