Killer gets life without parole
Jose Aviles is found guilty of capital murder for the 2011 deaths of a mother and daughter.
A Travis County jury took barely an hour Wednesday afternoon to convict Jose Aviles of capital murder in the shooting deaths of a daughter and her mother in April 2011.
Aviles showed no emotion as the verdict, which carries a sentence of life without parole, was read, but smiled and waved at family members as he was led from the courtroom.
The jurors began deliberating at about 2:45 p.m., after defense lawyer Brad Urrutia told them the state had failed to prove that Aviles knowingly or intentionally caused the death of Maria Hurtado, the mother of Norma Hurtado, who was in a relationship with Aviles’ daughter, of which he disapproved.
“It’s not a legal technicality, it’s the law. He didn’t have any beef with Maria. He didn’t even know her,” Urrutia said.
“I’m not going to argue with you that he didn’t with Norma,” he said. “Hold (prosecutors’) feet to the fire. Have they met every element?”
Prosecutor Bill Bishop main-
Jose Aviles greets someone in court Wednesday.