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    David Santiago Renteria - Texas Death Row


    Alexandra Flores, 5




    Facts of the Crime:

    On November 18, 2001, in El Paso, Renteria abducted a five-year-old girl, Alexandra Flores, and fatally choked her and burned her body.

    Renteria was resentenced to death in El Paso County on April 28, 2008.

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    EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Convicted child killer David Renteria was formally sentenced to death Wednesday and as part of his sentencing he had to sit and listen to what his victim's family had to say to him. The scene with Renteria in a prison jumpsuit wearing shackles is familiar to Alexandra Flores' family. Wednesday, family members got the opportunity to tell Renteria about the pain he's caused them.

    "You sat through this trial just as you sat through the first one showing no regrets and no shame," said Alexandria's aunt Perla Sanchez.

    In 2003, Renteria was found guilty and sentenced to death for the abduction and murder of 5-year-old Alexandra. Last week he was sentenced to death again by another jury after an appellate court found technical errors in the first trial.

    For the first time, Alexandra's siblings told Renteria about their heartache that started seven years ago at the Lower Valley Wal-Mart. Alexandra's brother Juan Alberto Flores was a kid himself but said he remembers clearly.

    "I recall being in dreadful tears and misery for knowing that my lovely sister was abducted for no reason by a man who didn't have anything else to do," said Flores.

    It's been seven years and they're still asking why.

    "Why would you do this to someone one you didn't even know. Did you deserve more life than she did?" asked Alexandra's sister Lizeth Flores.

    One of the older siblings, Esmeralda Frausto, was one of the few to look at Renteria.

    "It doesn't surprise me one bit that you, like the coward and cynical cold killer that you are, that you came back," said Frausto.

    Renteria just sat quietly and listened.

    "You don't deserve to be here right now, you don't deserve to see your family. You don't deserve to take one more breath," said Frausto.

    After the victim impact statements, Renteria stood up, looked at his family sitting behind him and said: "I love you a lot, don't worry."

    As sheriff deputies escorted Renteria out, his mother replied loudly: "You're innocent, the murderers are still out there."

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    On the afternoon that 5-year-old Alexandra Flores was kidnapped from a Lower Valley Wal-Mart and strangled in 2001, convicted murderer David Renteria was home for most of the day, his wife, Maria Jimenez de Renteria, testified Tuesday, the first day of Renteria's defense in his resentencing trial for the capital murder.

    She was an 18-year-old high-school senior when she met Renteria and became pregnant, and soon moved in with his family. On Nov. 18, 2001, the day Alexandra disappeared, Jimenez de Renteria testified, David Renteria, then 31, went to the store for ingredients to prepare dinner, but was back in about 20 minutes. He again left to buy red chiles for the meal, but returned with a man.

    "The person was inside the van. (Renteria) went out and he told me he'd be back in a little while," Jimenez de Renteria testified through an interpreter. She said that when he returned, he had signs of being beaten, including blows to his back and an injured finger.

    Assistant District Attorney Lori Hughes then questioned Jimenez de Renteria about the events of the day. Jimenez de Renteria initially said she did not remember previously testifying the couple had passed by the Wal-Mart that evening but had not entered.

    Hughes reminded her of the incident through prior testimony, and Jimenez de Renteria then said the two had gone to the store on Nov. 18, 2001, but the parking lot had been blocked off.

    Jimenez de Renteria testified that Renteria had not told her why he was on probation when they met -- a 1992 indecency-with-a-child charge to which he later pleaded guilty.

    The jury Tuesday also heard from several witnesses who knew Renteria, or "Chago," in his youth, including his former folklorico dance group leader and elementary and high-school teachers and administrators.

    "He was an excellent student. Exemplary. Neat, clean, did his work, artistic," Maria Elena Schuerman, his elementary school teacher and principal, testified.

    But she also said she did not have contact with Renteria after 1984 and could not have predicted his crimes.

    "The good student you knew in 1984 has turned into something else?" District Attorney Jaime Esparza asked.

    "Evidently," she responded.

    Renteria was convicted of capital murder in 2003 and sentenced to death.

    In 2006, the Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the conviction, but gave him a new sentencing hearing, ruling that jurors might have been left with the impression that Renteria did not express remorse.

    The trial resumes at 9 a.m. today in 41st District Court.

    (Source: The Associated Press)

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    Texas court upholds death penalty for man convicting of killing 5-year-old El Paso girl

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the death sentence Wednesday of a man convicted of strangling a 5-year-old girl taken from an El Paso store and then burning her body.

    David Santiago Renteria, 41, already was a convicted sex offender on probation when he was seen on a Walmart security video leaving the store with Alexandra Flores. The girl had wandered from her family doing Christmas shopping in November 2001. Her body was found the next day in an alley.

    The state's highest criminal appeals court threw out Renteria's death sentence in 2006, saying prosecutors provided misleading evidence that gave jurors the impression Renteria was not remorseful.

    An El Paso jury, during a new punishment trial two years later, returned him to death row.

    "I'm really glad we're past this," El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza, who prosecuted the case, said Wednesday. "The last time, they reversed it on, frankly, on an issue that we thought we had tried according to the law. Returning him was something we had to do."

    Lawyers for Renteria did not immediately respond to a phone message left by The Associated Press.

    In its 73-page ruling, the appeals court rejected all 49 issues raised by Renteria's attorneys from the second penalty phase trial. Most of the points raised focused on jury selection and the questioning of prospective jurors. Another challenge questioned the legal sufficiency of evidence used to show Renteria would be a future danger, one of the key questions jurors must answer when deciding on a death sentence.

    The court outlined evidence that showed by the time of the girl's slaying, Renteria had a conviction for indecency with a child, three driving while intoxicated offenses, had violated his probation repeatedly, frightened a female coworker with jealous and possessive behavior, and upset another woman by failing to return her 3-year-old son during a babysitting stint.

    "This escalating pattern of threatening behavior, violence and disrespect for the law supports a finding of future dangerousness," the court said.

    Blood found in Renteria's van matched the DNA of the slain girl. His palm print was found on a plastic bag that was put over her head before her body was set on fire.

    Esparza said the body didn't completely burn and although the bag melted to her face, the palm print was recovered.

    "It really was a miracle we were able to lift that print," he said.

    Renteria was accused of patrolling the store for about 40 minutes before zeroing in on the 5-year-old girl, the youngest of eight children in her family. The grainy surveillance video shows her following Renteria out of the store.

    Renteria was convicted in 1994 of indecency with a child involving sexual conduct. The victim in that case was 8 years old. Renteria received 10 years in prison but was resentenced to 10 years of probation after serving part of his sentence at a boot camp.

    He still can file appeals in the federal courts, and his execution is not likely for at least several years.

    In a second death penalty case Wednesday, the appeals court affirmed Cameron County's refusal to allow DNA testing requested by 33-year-old Ruben Gutierrez. He was convicted in 1999 and sent to death row for beating and using a screwdriver to kill 85-year-old Escolastica Harrison during a robbery of $56,000 from her home in Brownsville.

    Gutierrez also wanted an attorney appointed to help him obtain the DNA testing. That request was denied by the trial court, a decision the appeals court upheld. Gutierrez does not have an execution date.

    http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/sto...cution-Appeal/

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    On March 19, 2012, the US Supreme Court denied Renteria's certiorari petition.

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.a...es/11-7795.htm

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    On May 22, 2013, the TCCA remanded Renteria's case to the convicting court to resolve the issues raised in his writ application.

    The issues shall be resolved within sixty days of the date of this order, and the clerk shall return the record of the proceedings to this Court within 75 days of the date of this order.

    http://www.cca.courts.state.tx.us/OP...PINIONID=24198

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    ARTICLE 11.071 APPLICATION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS DENIED WITH WRITTEN ORDER:

    http://www.search.txcourts.gov/Searc...d-0ab849b868e4

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    On March 6, 2015, Renteria filed a habeas petition in Federal District Court.

    http://dockets.justia.com/docket/tex...cv00062/738856

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    Federal habeas relief denied in the district court on 2/12/2019.

    https://cases.justia.com/federal/dis...?ts=1550138635

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    COA and funding denied by the 5th Circuit today.

    https://law.justia.com/cases/federal...020-05-22.html
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