2nd man gets life in prison for role in 2011 double slaying

1 year 6 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 April 18, 2019 9:38 AM April 18, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A second man must serve life in prison for his role in the 2011 slayings of a father and his 15-year-old daughter at their Houston-area home during a robbery.

Prosecutors in Galveston say Broderick Dewayne Batiste was convicted Tuesday of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison without chance for parole.

Jorge and Miranda Vargas were fatally shot while at their Texas City home, described by police as a drug-distribution house known to have cash and other valuables.

A co-defendant, Dominique Stokes, last year pleaded guilty to the November 2011 slayings and was sentenced to life in prison without chance for parole.

Prosecutors linked Stokes to several crimes, including kidnapping and robbery, in Austin and Temple during December 2011. Jewelry from the Vargas robbery was pawned in Austin.

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