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A Border Patrol agent is accused of killing four women, and the abduction of a fifth, in a separate incident, is set to stand trial in Texas next week, a judge announced Thursday.
Juan David Ortiz, 35, is being held on a $2.56 million bond after allegedly killing four women over the course of 11 days in September 2018. He served as an intelligence supervisor for the Border Patrol and was working as a federal agent for 10 years.
‘SERIAL KILLER’, A BORDER PATROL AGENT IS ACCUSED OF 4 MURDERS, WAS HELD ON $2.5 M BOND
This date will be placed on trial next Thursday in the 406th District Court in Texas after a judge pushed back the date by three days, from the original Monday launch date, KGNS-TV in Laredo reported. He has pleaded not guilty to the four counts of capital murder.
The U.S. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz has allegedly shot four of the women in the head and their bodies in rural Texas roads, authorities say. (Webb County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
Investigators have accused Ortiz of a serial killer, according to the Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz, who stated at the time of the arrest, that all four of the dead women worked as prostitutes, and all four were shot in the head and left side of a road in the rural countryside of southern Texas county.
The violence allegedly took place over a period of 11 days, starting with the Sept. 4 the discovery of the remains of the 29-year-old woman, Melissa Ramirez. According to a police statement, Ortiz said that he killed Ramirez, a mother of two, and the next day.
A second woman, a 42-year-old, She Anne, Luera, was found shot dead and left on the road last Sunday. 13, the grievously wounded, but still alive, according to the affidavit. The mother of five children, and died in a hospital later in the day.
Dozens of family members and friends of the four women who authorities say were killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent’s gathering for a vigil at a park in the city of Laredo, Texas, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (The Associated Press)
A third woman, Erika Pena, and claimed they wrestled with Ortiz at the truck, where he pointed a gun at her, but he managed to escape and go to a gas station, where she was a state trooper in order to help her. Ortiz reportedly told investigators that he was arrested and put to death two of the women in the Bars down.
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Deputies tracked Ortiz to a parking lot in Laredo, where he was hiding out in his pick-up truck at about 2 in the morning, He was arrested and allegedly failed to cooperate with investigators, the disclosure of the identity of his last victim. The last two victims were later identified as Guiselda Alicia Hernandez, 35, and Janelle, Nikki Enriquez, 28, ” USA Today reported. Authorities recovered the bodies of the four victims. At least two were AMERICAN citizens.
At the time of the arrest, the Border Patrol issued a statement offering their “sincere condolences” to the women of the family, and tell of the criminal actions by the employee will not be tolerated.
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj, Samuel Chamberlain, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.