Manuel Garza Jr. Convicted of Killing San Antonio Police Officer John Anthony “Rocky” Riojas Loses Death Penalty Appeal

Published by on December 30, 2013

1 batt 400

The court has rejected the death-sentence appeal of Manuel Garza Jr., who was convicted in the ’01 slaying of Officer John Anthony “Rocky” Riojas.

A federal appeals court has rejected the death-sentence appeal of Manuel Garza Jr., 33, who was convicted in the 2001 slaying of San Antonio Police Officer John Anthony “Rocky” Riojas.

On the night of Feb. 2, Riojas, an 11-year veteran, spotted Garza at a Northwest Side apartment complex as the officer worked on an operation targeting property crime in the area.

Garza took off running when Riojas approached him, and the two eventually ended up in a struggle. Garza took Riojas’ gun and shot him with it. Manuel Garza Jr.

The officer’s funeral was broadcast live on local television and thousands of people attended the services. Jury selection for Garza’s 2002 capital murder trial took more than a month.

1 YB and waiver

Comment Advisement We welcome your thoughts, but for the sake of all readers, please refrain from the use of obscenities, personal attacks or racial slurs. All comments are subject to our terms of service and may be removed. Repeat offenders may lose commenting privileges.

Install the ratings plugin

Popularity:
420 views
Comments:
None
Toolbar:
add your comment add this to delicious add this to digg share this on facebook Stumble this item
Tagged with: , , , , ,




XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Check your spouse's texts/Calls!
pinksliploan add copy

BREAKING HEADLINES

SOCIALISE WITH US:     Fugitive Watch on YouTube   ·   Twitter   ·   Facebook   ·