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Execution set for killer of 3 in Corpus Christi who stabbed victims 86 times

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:25:28 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 08 2013 10:55:16 AM CST
Jose Luis Villegas Jr.

Jose Luis Villegas Jr.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -

A Nueces County man on death row for the slayings of a 24-year-old Corpus Christi woman, her young son and her mother has been set to die in April.

State District Judge David Stith on Thursday set April 16 as the execution date for 38-year-old Jose Villegas.

Lawyer Paul Mansur said new appeals will be filed to try to spare Villegas from lethal injection for the 2001 fatal stabbings of his ex-girlfriend Erida Perez Salazar, her 3-year-old son, Jacob, and her 51-year-old mother, Alma Perez.
    
Salazar was stabbed 32 times, her son 19 times and mother 35 times.
    
Evidence showed Villegas pawned a television stolen from the home to buy drugs. He was arrested after leading police on a chase where he was driving Salazar's car.