- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A San Antonio man has told jurors he isn’t guilty of murder before rejecting a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for 40 years.

Thirty-eight-year-old Benito Garza said Tuesday he would rather the jury decide his fate. Prosecutors say he fatally stuck a motorcyclist with his vehicle while fleeing from a robbery in September 2012. Fifty-five-year-old Pedro Tenorio died at the scene. His wife was on the bike with him and was hospitalized with broken ribs, a lacerated liver and other injuries.

He was charged with murder, aggravated assault and aggravated robbery. Police say Garza was fleeing from authorities after a shootout during a home invasion.

Garza faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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