New trial set for TX man convicted of 2 killings

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Associated Press

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas judge has scheduled a new trial for a man whose conviction of two murders while a teenager has been overturned on appeal.

Daniel Villegas (vee-YAY'-gahs) was released on bond last week after a state appeals court granted a new trial. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that Villegas' received an ineffective defense from his attorney in in 1995.

State District Judge Sam Medrano Jr. scheduled trial in El Paso for May 28.

Villegas was sentenced to life imprisonment in northeastern El Paso drive-by shooting deaths of teens Armando Lazo and Robert England.

Present attorney Joe Spencer contends prosecutors lack evidence to retry his client. Prosecutor John Briggs says prosecutors remain undecided on what to do with the case but are preparing for trial in the meantime.

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