- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas jury has sentenced a convicted murderer to death for a third time for the 1983 killing of a tavern owner.

Raymond DeLeon Martinez is again on death row after two previous death sentences were overturned.

A Harris County jury deliberated less than four hours Thursday before imposing the sentence.

The 63-year-old Martinez was convicted of robbing and murdering Herman Chavis.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2007 tossed out the earlier sentence because it said jurors did not have proper instructions to consider mitigating evidence.

The Houston Chronicle reports Martinez attorney Jerome Godinich tried to enter into a plea bargain that would have sent Martinez to prison for the rest of his life.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide