A jury Thursday sentenced a Brownsville man to die for killing and beheading
three young children he was raising with their mother.
Rubio and his wife told police they thought the children were possessed and butchered them in an attempt to rid the demons
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.
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.
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.
BROWNSVILLE — A woman pleaded guilty to three counts of capital murder today in the decapitation deaths of her three young children, getting three concurrent life prison sentences instead of the death penalty. Angela Camacho, 25, will be eligible for parole in 40 years. Her attorneys failed to prove she was mentally retarded and therefore […]
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Her lawyers say a Texas woman accused in the grisly deaths of her three young children is now competent to stand trial. Angela Camacho is, 24, accused of helping her common-law husband suffocate, stab and behead her three young children. Related Lurid details of killings disclosed in court testimony Parents accused of […]
BROWNSVILLE — Angela Camacho has been slated for a competency trial on May 3 to determine if she is mentally fit to answer for the stabbing and beheading of her three children in a filth-ridden downtown apartment. Angela Camacho is, 24, accused of helping her common-law husband suffocate, stab and behead her three young children. […]
Man convicted of murdering three children sentenced to death requesting execution BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A man who confessed to suffocating, stabbing and beheading his common-law wife’s three young children was sentenced to death Friday after telling a judge he wanted to be executed. Jurors sentenced John Allen Rubio to death by injection a day after […]
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A man who confessed to suffocating, stabbing and beheading his common-law wife’s three young children was convicted on three counts of capital murder Thursday. John Allen Rubio, 23, hung his head but otherwise stood emotionless as the verdict was read. He and his common-law wife, Angela Camacho, confessed to committing the murders […]
Psychiatrist: Suspect grew up surrounded by superstition, dysfunction BROWNSVILLE — John Allen Rubio grew up surrounded by superstition and dysfunction, and his background coupled with drug use and worsening schizophrenia erupted into the killings and decapitation of three small children, a psychiatrist said Wednesday. “He still holds out the hope that someone will believe his […]
BROWNSVILLE — John Allen Rubio exhibits symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia and by legal definition was insane when he killed his three small children in March, a psychiatrist testified Wednesday. “Furthermore, it is my opinion that he has suffered from this condition for most of his life,” said Dr. William Mark Valverde, who has visited with […]
BROWNSVILLE — It was financial desperation, not insanity, that led to the suffocation, stabbing and decapitations of three small children, their mother told police. Her second statement contradicted a confession she gave the night before, hours after Angela Camacho and her common-law husband, John Allen Rubio, were arrested when the children’s bodies were found. Two […]
BROWNSVILLE — Angela Camacho helped kill her three “cursed” children, but at her common-law husband’s suggestion, according to the first of two written confession made to police and presented in court today. A written statement by Camacho on March 11 was used against John Allen Rubio, 23, in the sixth day of his capital murder […]
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A judge on Wednesday rejected a motion to exclude a confession by John Allen Rubio, 22, who with his common-law wife is accused of capital murder in the deaths of their three young children in March. The ruling by state District Judge Robert Garza came on the third day of testimony following […]
Associated Press, May 22, 2003 http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/1921319 BROWNSVILLE – A young couple accused of strangling and then decapitating their three young children will be tried separately, a judge ruled Thursday. State judge Benjamin Euresti granted a defense motion to separate proceedings against Angela Camacho, 23, and John Allen Rubio, 22. The motion followed news reports that […]
The Brownsville Herald, Mar. 19, 2003 http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/ BY JENNIFER MUIR, The Brownsville Herald BROWNSVILLE, March 19 — A Brownsville couple charged with killing their children allegedly choked and decapitated two daughters, washed the bloody mess, then had sex before slaughtering their 1-year-old son, police investigators said in court Tuesday. Testifying at a bond hearing for […]
The Browsnville Herald, Mar. 16, 2003 http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/ By BRITTNEY BOOTH, The Brownsville Herald Why? It’s the question that’s resonated throughout Brownsville since Tuesday as the community tries to comprehend one of the bloodiest crimes in the city’s recent history. John Allen Rubio, 22, and Angela Camacho, 23, allegedly killed and decapitated their three children — […]