Killer gets life with­out pa­role

Jose Aviles is found guilty of cap­i­tal mur­der for the 2011 deaths of a mother and daugh­ter.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Pa­trick Beach pbeach@states­man.com Aviles B RODOLFO GON­ZA­LEZ / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

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.

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