De­fense: In­tent key in dou­ble homi­cide

Mom was just caught in cross­fire as daugh­ter was shot, lawyer says.

Austin American-Statesman - - B METRO & STATE - ByJazmine Ul­loa and Pa­trick Beach jul­loa@states­man.com; pbeach@states­man.com

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

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