Sis­ter of vic­tim for­gives mur­derer


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tained they had met ev­ery el­e­ment, and he im­plied that Ur­ru­tia was try­ing to con­fuse ju­rors that pre­med­i­ta­tion was re­quired for a cap­i­tal mur­der con­vic­tion.

“You can in­fer spe­cific in­tent to kill from use of a deadly weapon,” Bishop said. “You don’t have to have a mo­tive, you don’t even have to have pre­med­i­ta­tion.”

Bishop re­minded the ju­rors of foren­sic ev­i­dence that showed Aviles was closer to Maria Hur­tado than he was to Norma, and that the el­der Hur­tado did not die in a dy­namic field of fire while try­ing to pro­tect her daugh­ter in their South­east Austin home.

“(Aviles) drew you a pic­ture,” Bishop said, show­ing the panel a photo of the crime scene. “He showed his in­tent. She dropped where she stood. ... Maria Hur­tado dropped in her tracks.”

Ear­lier Wed­nes­day, ju­rors saw a lengthy video in­ter­view of Aviles with po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors in which he ac­knowl­edged he would have kept shoot­ing — Norma Hur­tado was shot at least eight times in the back alone — had he not run out of rounds.

“The only thing that stopped him was he only had 14 rounds in a 15round mag­a­zine,” Bishop said.

Af­ter the ver­dict was read, a Hur­tado fam­ily mem­ber who did not give her name but said through an in­ter­preter that she was Norma’s sis­ter, ad­dressed the de­fen­dant.

“In the name of Norma and my mother, I for­give you for all the dam­age you’ve done to us. ... There is a God who is go­ing to be in charge of this,” she said. “You dam­aged a lot of us.”

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