Jury to decide if John Allen Rubio will get death in beheadings

John Allen Rubio A jury that already rejected an insanity defense and convicted a south Texas man of beheading his common-law wife’s three children will next decide whether he will get the death penalty or spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Rubio said he believed the children were possessed and tried to smother and stab them before ultimately decapitating them. [Read more...]

Jury finds John Allen Rubio guilty of beheading children

John Allen Rubio A South Texas man accused of beheading his common-law wife’s three children was found guilty of capital murder Monday at his second trial.

A state appeals court had overturned John Allen Rubio’s previous conviction and death sentence in 2007, saying the children’s mother had wrongly been allowed to testify. A second jury deliberated for about three hours before convicting him again. [Read more...]

Judge allows psychological testing of man accused of murdering his three children

John Allen Rubio Rubio, 29, is accused of murdering his three children in Brownsville on March 11, 2003. The children were smothered, stabbed and mutilated, according to investigators.

After Rubio and his wife were arrested, the couple told police they thought Julisa Angela Quezada, 3, John Esthefan Rubio, 1, and Mary Jane, 2 months, were possessed. [Read more...]