Posted: Jan 20, 2014 11:02 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2014 11:02 PM
EL PASO, Texas (AP) A judge will learn the next steps toward justice for a man released from prison on appeal last week 18 years after beginning a life sentence as a teen for a double murder.
The defense attorney and prosecutors of Daniel Villegas (vee-YAY'-gahs) will meet with the judge Tuesday in El Paso.
Villegas was released after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Villegas granted him a new trial. His attorney Joe Spencer has argued his client received ineffective defense counsel at trial. Spencer says he believes prosecutors lack enough evidence to retry his client, and the El Paso County district attorney's office has declined comment.
Villegas was sentenced in 1995 to life imprisonment in the deaths of teens Armando Lazo and Robert England during a drive-by shooting in northeastern El Paso.