Court rejects capital murder appeal

HARLINGEN — Prosecutors said Omar Montemayor “hunted” his victims.

They said he broke into his estranged wife’s Harlingen apartment through a window and shot her and a friend who was visiting. He then shot himself in the head.

He survived. His wife and her friend did not.

Testifying in his own defense in February 2014, Montemayor said he didn’t remember much about what happened. But it took the jury less than an hour in deliberations to find him guilty of capital murder.

Now, an appeals court has upheld his conviction.

The 13th Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi ruled Thursday against all 17 appellate issues raised by Montemayor.

His lawyers had argued the trial judge improperly admitted some evidence, including a 911 audio tape, photographs and blood and saliva swabs.

They also claimed the judge improperly dismissed a juror who was a friend of Montemayor’s sister.

But the appellate court rejected all the arguments.

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