AUSTIN, Texas (AP)—A Texas man will serve life in prison without parole after his capital murder conviction in the deaths of his daughter’s girlfriend and the girlfriend’s mother.
The Austin American-Statesman reports a Travis County jury deliberated about an hour before returning its verdict against Jose Alfonso Aviles. Prosecutors say Aviles fatally shot 57-year-old Maria Hurtado and her 24-year-old daughter Norma Hurtado in their Austin home in April 2001.
Police say Aviles was outraged over Norma Hurtado’s lesbian relationship with his daughter. A police affidavit says Aviles sent threatening text messages to Norma Hurtado, threatening to kill her and her mother at least once.
The life sentence without parole was automatic with the conviction since prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.