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Prosecutors won't seek death penalty for Lufkin murder suspects

Jesus Vela. (Source: Angelina County Jail.) Jesus Vela. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)
Osvaldo Hernandez. (Source: Angelina County Jail.) Osvaldo Hernandez. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)
Gerardo Renteria. (Source: Angelina County Jail.) Gerardo Renteria. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)
Jacob Woodard. (Source: Angelina County Jail.) Jacob Woodard. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)
Rafael Orta. (Source: Angelina County Jail.) Rafael Orta. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

The Angelina County District Attorney's Office will not seek the death penalty for five men charged in the February shooting death of a Lufkin man.

Prosecuting Attorney Katrina Carswell said Wednesday morning that she will pursue life in prison without parole charges for Jesus Everado Vela Jr., 17, Osvaldo Hernandez-Escamillia, 18, Gerardo Renteria, 18, Jacob Woodard, 18, and Rafael Orta, 19.

Carswell said it has not yet been determined if all five will be tried separately. If a plea agreement is not reached, the trials will likely begin in the fall, Carswell said.

The five suspects are charged with capital murder in the Feb. 7 shooting death of Robert Darnell Bennett on California Boulevard.

Lufkin Police believe the five came to the house to rob Bennett of marijuana when one of them shot him.

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