David Carrillo convicted for capital murder in double homicide
A Lubbock jury convicted David Carrillo of capital murder for the deaths of his former common-law wife Jennifer Cruz and her boyfriend, Albert "Bo" Martinez Thursday afternoon after a little more than an hour of deliberation.
After the conviction, Cruz's and Martinez's families burst into tears.
Carrillo shot and killed Cruz and Martinez in Cruz's home in April 2015, after breaking into the house. He claimed he was there to "confront" Martinez about threatening messages he says Martinez sent on Facebook. Carrillo claimed Martinez "came at him."
Prosecutors played 911 tapes from the night of the murder, where jurors heard Cruz and Carrillo fighting before several shots and screaming. Carrillo shot Cruz four times, including once in the head, and Martinez once in the side of the head.
In closing arguments, the state reminded jurors that Carrillo was a jealous ex-lover who did not want others to have what he did not want. Assistant D.A. Barron Slack asked the jury to consider all the evidence and to not make things complicated.
Defense attorney Jeff Sheets argued that his client blanked out at the time of the shooting and that Carrillo was acting in self defense. He added that if Carrillo had anything to hide he would not have cooperated with investigators.
In the prosecutions response, Assistant D.A. Sunshine Stanek asked jurors to consider all the evidence, especially the 911 tapes and Carrillo's interview with detectives.
In victim impact letters, Cruz and Martinez's sisters called Carrillo evil and selfish. They said that they struggle with not having them around anymore.
The Lubbock County District Attorney's office did not seek the death penalty in this case, so Carrillo faces an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.