Jan. 10 (Bulletinstandard) — A Texas Border Patrol agent accused of killing 4 ladies and assaulting one other pleaded not responsible to the crimes Thursday.
Juan David Ortiz pleaded not responsible to at least one cost of capital homicide together with expenses of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon, illegal restraint and evading arrest. He appeared within the 406th District Courtroom in Laredo, Texas for the arraignment.
The grand jury additionally warranted the loss of life penalty within the case for the deaths of Melissa Ramirez, Griselda Cantu, Claudine Luera, and Humberto “Janelle” Ortiz.
After Ortiz entered his plea, Choose Oscar J. Hale Jr. set an preliminary pre-trial listening to for April 25 and a second pre-trial listening to for Oct. 3.
A mom of one of many victims shouted at Ortiz as he was being escorted out of the courtroom and a bailiff then known as for order within the court docket.
Ortiz was indicted on Dec. 5 for the killings and the assault, which happened in September.
He labored as an agent for Laredo Border Patrol for 10 years and was arrested after a girl he allegedly kidnapped escaped from his pickup truck and sought assist from authorities.
Prosecutors described Ortiz as a self-proclaimed vigilante who “preyed on the weak, the sick and the susceptible,” as all of his victims have been drug customers or concerned in intercourse work.