Carlos Hernandez-Ventura, the 25-year-old man who brutally killed his girlfriend, her teenage daughter, and the landlord using a machete was recently sentenced to life in prison by a Dallas County jury. Initially, the Iowa man pled guilty to the three first-degree murder charges, saying that he was ordered by the woman’s estranged husband, the alleged leader of a powerful and influential drug ring, to commit the deed. He told the jury that the man threatened to kill him and his entire family if he did not obey the order.
Iowa Man Convicted in Machete Massacre
The proceedings in the case of 25-year-old Carlos Hernandez-Ventura have been concluded on Tuesday morning after a Dallas County jury found the individual guilty of the murder of three people. According to court documents, Hernandez-Ventura’s victims were Melany Barraza (14), Lourdes Flor De Leake (34), and Juan Jimenez “Don Juanito” Tejada, their landlord.
On the 29th of October, 2016, Carlos, who was sharing the rented apartment with De Leake and her teenage daughter, grabbed a machete and begun to hack his victims. According to the authorities, the man surrendered the following day, explaining that he was compelled to do it, otherwise his family would have been in great peril.
Hernandez-Ventura told the authorities, as well as the jury and magistrates that, some time ago, he was approached by De Leake’s estranged husband who ordered him to kill her and the teenager. Moreover, it appears that De Leake’s husband told Hernandez-Ventura that failure to comply with his order would have meant immediate death for his family members.
According to the man’s testimony, De Leake’s estranged husband is allegedly the head of a drug ring which launders money through the man’s car deal business. However, after investigating the man’s claims, the detective couldn’t find any evidence that De Leake’s husband has even been involved in the drug business nor did he have any contact with the murderer.
Hernandez-Ventura Said That His Family Was in Peril
Furthermore, the judge moved to rule out Hernandez-Ventura not guilty plea, declaring that the Iowa man could have easily contacted the authorities if he had been approached with such a request. As for the crime scene, one of the police officers who entered the Perry house declared that ‘horror’ would be the best term to describe the murder scene.
The coroner’s report suggests that at least one of the victims were partially decapitated following the machete attack and that Hernandez-Ventura tried to hack away one of the victims’ arms.
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