An 18-year-old faces the death penalty if convicted in the deaths of two people, Texas deputies say.
José Plata was arrested and charged with capital murder Feb. 6 in connection with the shootings of Edgar Campos-Bonilla, 16, and David Caballero, 18, in the spring, according to court documents.
The victims were found dead in a car on Jan. 31, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. They had been shot, Gonzalez said.
Sheriff’s deputies initially received a call about an accidentKHOU reported.
“Quite a young situation and quite sad to see young people losing their lives due to violence, whatever it may be. This will be part of our investigation,” the sheriff told KHOU.
Plata is currently being held without bail in the Harris County Jail. Plata’s attorney information was not listed.
In Texas, a capital murder charge is more serious than any murder charge because it is punishable by death or life in prison without parole, according to the Varghese Summersett law firm. The murder charges carry up to life in prison with the possibility of parole, according to the law firm.
Texas executed 586 people and is responsible for more executions than any other state since 1976, when the Supreme Court lifted the moratorium on the death penalty, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Spring is located about 25 miles north of Houston.