A Texas jury convicted a lady of hiring an undercover police officer to kill her boyfriend’s sister over cash the opposite lady owed her for serving to to smuggle her into the nation.
Angelica Navarro-DePaz, 44, was discovered responsible of solicitation of capital homicide in San Antonio courtroom after three hours of deliberation on Wednesday.
Prosecutors through the trial introduced a recording they mentioned was proof of the murder-for-hire plot on her then-boyfriend’s sister, Anayeli Mendoza Flores, in 2017.
In the recording, Navarro-DePaz, an Austin businesswoman, might be heard making a cope with an undercover officer.
“I don’t care how she dies. Snatch her, slit her throat, do whatever,” Navarro-DePaz mentioned, in line with the San Antonio Express News.
Video additionally confirmed her agreeing to pay the would-be hitman $1,700 and counting out a $850 deposit, the outlet reported.
Prosecutors alleged Flores owed Navarro-DePaz $40,000 for smuggling her into the nation.
When she took the stand, Navarro-DePaz admitted to creating the recording, however solely as a result of she was the sufferer of a legal group that had threatened her and her youngsters’s lives.
Her protection lawyer — who requested his title be saved non-public as a consequence of concern of the identical legal group his consumer feared to — mentioned Navarro-DePaz by no means meant for a homicide to really occur.
“There has to be intent from the defendant to have the hit carried out to find her guilty and there’s no proof she ever wanted this crime carried out,” the protection lawyer mentioned, in line with KSAT.
She faces 5 to 99 years or life in jail. The sentencing section of the trial is ongoing.