Jurors continue deliberations in brutal San Antonio shooting, stabbing in 2016
A jury here picks up Tuesday where they left off Friday, deliberating the fate of a San Antonio man accused of murder in the brutal shooting and stabbing deaths of two people at a West Side apartment in 2016.
Luis Antonio Arroyo, 42, is being retried after court proceedings ended last year in a mistrial. He is accused of killing Rodney Spring, 47, who was shot once in the back, and Quickether Jackson, 36, who was shot five times and stabbed three times, on Jan. 21, 2016.
Jackson’s mother, Tandylyn Jackson, 59, was stabbed and shot in the attack — one reported said it resulted after an argument over a pack of cigarettes — and named the man in a 911 call.
Arroyo initially was charged with capital murder in the attack that occurred in the apartment where the Jackson women lived in the 3800 block of Sherrill Brooks Drive on the West Side.
His case went to trial in July, but after 10 hours of deliberations over two days, the jury was not able to reach a unanimous verdict, so Judge Kevin O’Connell declared a mistrial.
The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office opted to prosecuted the case this time as a murder charge.
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Lorina Rummel and Brandon Ramsey are prosecuting the case for the DA’s Office.
Defense attorneys Raymond Fuchs and Joel Perez are representing Arroyo.
After deliberating four and a half hours Friday, jurors were released by Visiting Judge Mark Luitjen for the three-day Memorial Day weekend instead of being sequestered. They will continue deliberations in the 227th state District Court.
If convicted of murder in the deaths of Jackson and Spring, Arroyo faces up to life in prison.
If convicted of murder in the deaths of Jackson and Spring, Arroyo faces up to life in prison. But he already had been sentenced to 99 years in March after he was convicted of escaping from a correctional facility.
That charge came when he briefly escaped from the Bexar County jail with two others. Normally a third-degree felony, the escape charge was upgraded because Arroyo is considered to be a habitual offender.
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