Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed announced that today in two separate murder trials the defendants each were sentenced to life in prison.
The verdicts came in two separate, unrelated cases:
Terry Jackson, age 60, was sentenced to life in prison today by the honorable Judge Tessa Herr of the 186th District Court. The conviction results from an incident in September of 2012, when Jackson ambushed his ex-girlfriend’s date, Rick Cuenca. Jackson stabbed Cuenca sixteen (16) times and proceeded to slash the victim’s tires before fleeing town. In October, a jury found Jackson guilty of Murder and this afternoon Judge Herr assessed his punishment at life in prison.
Also today, after finding defendant David Rodriguez, age 32, guilty of Murder a jury sentenced him to life in prison. The case arises from the murder of a one year old child on September 19, 2012, when Rodriguez crashed into a vehicle while evading police and possessing a felony amount of marijuana. The crash killed the one year old and a three year old child and seriously injured the victim’s parents. Under the felony murder rule, a person is liable for murder if someone is killed during the commission of a felony. In this case, Rodriguez was committing the felony offense of evading in a vehicle when the crash occurred resulting in the deaths of the two children.
For more information contact Cliff Herberg, Bexar County District Attorney First Assistant, at (210) 335-2342.