The state’s highest criminal court Wednesday affirmed the murder conviction and death sentence for Areli Escobar in the 2009 rape and murder of 17-year-old Bianca Maldonado of Travis County.
On direct appeal, often called the automatic appeal, Escobar raised 18 points of error, including claims that there was insufficient evidence to convict him of capital murder and that improper search warrants yielded evidence that should have been suppressed at trial.
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