Daniel Villegas granted bond; Family ready for his return

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Judge: $50k bond set; Next hearing January 21st

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 1:08pm

Daniel Villegas, who has been serving a life sentence in prison since his 1996 conviction of killing two men during a drive by shooting that many say he did not commit in Northeast El Paso in 1993, was awarded bond Tuesday morning.

Judge Sam Medrano released Villegas on a $50,000 bond in front of a packed courtroom Tuesday morning.

Villegas has been the center of attention since supporters began rallying around his case several years ago.

A State District Judge recommended a new trial for Villegas over a year ago, and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals also issed an opinion that Villegas should recieve new trial on Back on December 18, 2013, stating in the decision "We agree applicant has demonstrated that counsel was ineffective for not presenting evidence of possible alternative perpetrators and for not discovering and presenting evidence that would have allowed the jury to give effect to the voluntary confession jury instruction submitted in this case."

Villegas, who is now 35, has maintained that he was wrongfully convicted due to ineffective council and a coerced confession from El Paso Police Detectives.

"I'm not a saint, but even thought I'm not, you know, I'm not a killer either," Villegas said in a taped interview with Local 4 News in 2011.

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