A San Antonio courtroom is due to pass sentence in the drug execution of 35-year-old Jose Luis Manchaca. The three defendants might be convicted to life in prison for killing Manchaca with aluminum baseball bats, dismembering his body, and barbequing his limbs over a fire pit.
Witness Paints Nightmarish Scene of San Antonio Drug Execution
On Friday, the jury and judges heard the testimonies of all involved in the Jose Luis Menchaca case, the 35-year-old San Antonio resident who was brutally murder following a drug-related quarrel.
First to stand before the court is 34-year-old Gabriel Moreno, who will be followed, in the day to come, by his two accomplices, 38-year-old Candie Dominguez, his girlfriend, and 31-year-old Daniel Moreno Lopez, his cousin.
The three of them stand accused of killing Menchaca in 2014, following an argument over a failed drug transaction. Dennis Austin, one of the first witnesses to testify against the defendants, recalled entering the San Antonio home Moreno shared with his girlfriend and seeing the victim’s limbless torso lying in a plastic tub.
Per Dennis’ testimony, there was a plastic bag tightly wrapped around Menchaca’s head, and that the head was resting in an unnatural position, which he referred to as ‘bobblehead.’ Furthermore, Dennis told the court that the smell was pungent and, when he entered the couple’s house, he saw blood on the walls, the sofa, and that the victim was covered in blood and seemed to have been severely bleeding from the cheeks.
Sylvia Flores, the victim’s girlfriend, pinpoint the day of the attack (30th of September 2014). The woman told the jury that on the day of Menchaca’s attack, the victim and Moreno’s cousin had quarreled over a ruined drug transaction.
Under the pretense of fixing the problem, Dominguez lured Menchaca and Flores to a backroom, where Menchaca was stabbed. The man fired one shot from his gun, but Moreno and his cousin attacked him with aluminum bats.
The beating continued until the man passed away. Reportedly, Flores was bound and gagged after the attack. According to the court’s documents, after executing Menchaca Moreno and his cousin dismembered the body and placed them over a barbequing pit.
Flores also remembers seeing Dominguez poking the limbs with the stick as to check if they are adequately cooked.
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