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.