In­tent crit­i­cal to jury’s de­ci­sion


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had killed both women but said Norma had been the tar­get of his anger. “Maria was caught in the cross­fire,” he later said.

The dif­fer­ence is piv­otal to whether the jury can con­vict Aviles of cap­i­tal mur­der, which comes with a sen­tence of life with­out pa­role, as op­posed to mur­der, which can re­sult in a sen­tence of five to 99 years in prison.

In the court­room Tues­day, Travis County ju­rors saw pho­tos of the women as they were found dead in their South­east Austin home on April 18.

Satish Chun­dru, deputy chief med­i­cal ex­am­iner for the Travis County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice, said Norma had 20 gun­shot wounds.

Maria re­ceived one gun­shot wound to the chin that hit her spinal cord, caus­ing her to fall and frac­ture her head, Chun­dru said. The stip­pling around her chin in­di­cated some­thing may have blocked the bul­let, but it also was con­sis­tent with some­one walk­ing up to her and shoot­ing her, he tes­ti­fied.

Phe­lan Per­ry­man, who was vis­it­ing his brother a block away from where the Hur­ta­dos were shot, told ju­rors he heard a se­ries of shots, then saw a dark green SUV with­out a front li­cense plate leav­ing the area.

Per­ry­man said he later told po­lice that a ve­hi­cle they had re­cov­ered dur­ing the crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion ap­peared to be the same one he had seen.

Aviles’ daugh­ter, Lidia Aviles, tes­ti­fied that she be­gan dat­ing Norma Hur­tado as a teenager. She said she moved in with the Hur­ta­dos not long af­ter she turned 18 and was re­lieved that she could be with her girl­friend.

Agapito Hur­tado, Maria Hur­tado’s hus­band and Norma’s father, tes­ti­fied through a trans­la­tor that days be­fore the killings, a man he iden­ti­fied as Aviles’ son came to his home look­ing for Lidia and mak­ing threats. Hur­tado said he told the man to go away.

Agapito Hur­tado said he was work­ing in BryanCol­lege Sta­tion when he got a call say­ing his wife and daugh­ter had been killed.

Aviles’ 4-year-old grand­daugh­ter also was in the home at the time of the shoot­ings.

Jose Aviles killed two.

norma Hur­tado

maria Hur­tado

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