Francisco Oropesa, a Mexican national, has been indicted for capital murder after allegedly shooting and killing five of his neighbors, including a 9-year-old child, in their Texas home. The grand jury indictment was announced on Friday, and while the decision to pursue the death penalty is yet to be made, the defense will have an opportunity to present mitigation evidence. Oropesa, who had previously been deported from the US four times, is accused of carrying out the “execution-style” murders while intoxicated. This article examines the details of the case and the legal proceedings that may follow.
Texas Gunman Francisco Oropesa Indicted for Capital Murder
Francisco Oropesa stands accused of the brutal murder of Diana Velásquez Alvarado, Julisa Molina Rivera, Jose Jonathan Casarez, Sonia Argentina Guzman, and Daniel Enrique Laso. The shooting reportedly occurred on April 28 when the victims confronted Oropesa about firing his gun in close proximity to their property, disturbing a sleeping baby. Witnesses described the accused gunman firing indiscriminately at the ten people inside the house, with the victims attempting to shield the children from harm. Oropesa fled the scene and evaded capture for four days, triggering a massive manhunt.
Legal Proceedings and Potential Penalty
According to New York Post, A grand jury indicted Oropesa for capital murder, which carries the possibility of the death penalty. However, the decision to pursue this punishment has not been finalized. The San Jacinto County District Attorney, Todd Dillon, stated that the defense will be given the opportunity to present mitigating evidence before a decision is made. At this stage, the indictment details are not available to the public.
Past Offenses and Capture
It has been revealed that Oropesa had been deported from the US four times before the heinous crime took place. Following the murders, his wife, Divimara Lamar Nava, allegedly assisted him in evading authorities and orchestrating an escape plan to Mexico. However, the plan was unsuccessful, and Oropesa was found hiding under a pile of laundry in a trailer. He now faces five counts of first-degree murder and is being held on bonds totaling $7.5 million.
Status of Co-Conspirator
Divimara Lamar Nava, Oropesa’s wife, has also been taken into custody for allegedly aiding him in eluding arrest. She faces a felony charge of hindering the apprehension or prosecution of a known felon and is being held on a $250,000 bond.
Future Legal Proceedings
As the case against Francisco Oropesa progresses, the defense attorney has not yet provided a comment. The decision on whether to seek the death penalty will depend on the presentation of mitigation evidence by the defense, followed by a thorough evaluation by the prosecution.