The Texas border patrol supervisor who confessed to killing 4 girls in September could obtain the dying penalty, authorities mentioned.
U.S. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz, 35, was indicted Wednesday on costs of capital homicide, aggravated assault with a lethal weapon, illegal restraint and evading arrest or detention within the deaths of 4 intercourse employees in September, in response to Webb County District Legal professional Isidro Alaniz.
Ortiz, a 10-year Border Patrol veteran, allegedly advised investigators he killed the ladies in an effort to “clear up the streets” in Laredo, Texas.
If Ortiz is convicted, Alaniz mentioned he’ll search the dying penalty.
“By day, he was a household man. The proof exhibits that he was a supervisor, that he would go about his each day actions like anyone right here,” Alaniz advised reporters on Wednesday. “On the nighttime, he was any individual else — searching the streets … for this neighborhood of individuals and arbitrarily deciding who he was going to kill subsequent.”
Among the many 4 girls — Melissa Ramirez, Claudine Luera, Guiselda Cantu and Janelle Ortiz — allegedly murdered by Ortiz, three died of gunshot wounds, and one, who additionally was shot, from blunt-force trauma, authorities mentioned.
Ortiz additionally was charged with committing aggravated assault towards Erika Pena, who advised police he tried to abduct her.
In accordance with police, Ortiz picked up victims in his truck in Laredo, close to the U.S.-Mexican border, and killed them over a two-week span starting in early September. Ortiz was arrested Sept. 15 after Pena escaped from Ortiz’s automobile when he pulled a gun on her, police mentioned.
“The scheme on this case, from Ortiz’s personal phrases,” Alaniz mentioned, “was to scrub up the streets of Laredo by focusing on this neighborhood of people who he perceived to be disposable, that nobody would miss and that he didn’t give worth to.”
ABC Information’ Mark Osborne contributed to this report.