Retrial of San Antonio man accused in killing, dismemberment continues

December 4, 2018

Testimony continues Tuesday in the retrial of Gabriel Moreno, accused in the beating and slaying of a San Antonio man who was cut up and his remains burned on a barbecue grill in 2014.

Moreno, 36, is charged with murder in the death of Jose Luis Menchaca, 35, in retaliation for a stabbing that stemmed from a botched drug deal between Menchaca and Moreno’s cousin, Daniel Moreno Lopez, 32.

Lopez was convicted of murder in Menchaca’s death earlier this year and was sentenced to life in prison in November by state District Judge Ron Rangel, who has heard testimony in both cases.

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Lopez was the first to be sentenced in the slaying. His former girlfriend and co-defendant, Candie Dominguez, 39, who also was Menchaca’s cousin, is awaiting trial.

Moreno first went to trial Feb. 23, and the trial was completed, but Rangel declared a mistrial March 9 after jurors deliberated for four days and told Rangel that they were hopelessly deadlocked.

The retrial began Friday and the state is still presenting witnesses.

The case is being heard in the 379th state District Court. If convicted, Moreno faces up to life in prison.

Elizabeth Zavala is a courts and crime reporter in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | ezavala@express-news.net | Twitter: @elizabeth2863

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