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Texas woman jailed for 30 years for dismembering her murdered cousin who was beaten with baseball bats, after a botched drug deal – Candie Dominguez admitted she hacked Luis Menchaca into pieces and cooked remains on a barbecue pit

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Candie Dominguez, 39, was sentenced Monday by a San Antonio court, to 30 years after admitting to severing the limbs of her cousin Luis Menchaca, 35, over a botched drug deal
Dominguez testified Friday she had no remorse for her role in the Sept 30, 2014, brutal slaying
Dominguez, admitted that she lured her cousin to her home where he was beaten and suffocated, in retaliation over a stabbing involving a botched drug deal
She then helped dismember him before her boyfriend, Daniel Moreno Lopez, and his cousin, Gabriel Moreno, burned his remains
Lopez, 32, was sentenced to life in June while his cousin Gabriel Moreno was acquitted of murder in Feb 2018
Witnesses testified that Menchaca was bound and gagged, beaten with aluminum baseball bats and suffocated with a plastic bag over his head
His body was dismembered and some of his remains burned on a barbecue pit in Dominguez’s backyard
His torso was found dumped in a plastic blue tub

Dominguez’s then-boyfriend, Daniel Moreno Lopez, was also was convicted in the killing last June and was sentenced to life in prison.
Lopez’s cousin, Gabriel Moreno, was acquitted during a retrial in December after a previous trial ended with the jury deadlocked.
At a hearing on Monday, Dominguez told the court: ‘At this time I do not feel remorse, I feel nothing but anger.
‘I’m sorry he lost his life, yes, but we cannot change things. I accept things for what they are, and look forward.’
When Jimenez asked her if she ever felt emotion for her crime, Dominguez replied: ‘No, I don’t.
‘The way I grew up, the way my life was, I didn’t show emotion. I never have. With everything I have gone through, emotions are useless.’ Dominguez previously testified that she lured her cousin to the home where he was beaten and suffocated in San Antonio

In closing arguments, defense attorney Tony Jimenez urged the judge to be lenient.
He claimed that her lack of emotion was because of a childhood of sexual assault and years of abusive relationships as an adult.
Prosecutor Jessica Schultz said Dominguez “is at least a sociopath” because she showed no remorse, and said a just sentence would be life. A life sentence, however, wasn’t an option in the case, and urged Rangel to go for no less than the maximum 30 years.
Dominguez was the last of three people to go to trial in a killing that made headlines due to the brutal way Menchaca was killed.

Menchaca was set upon inside Dominguez’s home in the 400 block of Hillwood Drive on the North Side.
He was beaten with baseball bats, suffocated, dismembered and his charred remains were discovered on a barbecue pit in Dominguez’s backyard.

His girlfriend, Sylvia Flores, 29, was held against her will for days after the killing and had given evidence at the trials of Lopez and Moreno.
Lopez, 32, was convicted of murder in June 2018, and had to be removed from the courtroom following an angry outburst at the verdict.

He will have to serve 30 years in jail before he will be eligible for parole. He will remain on supervision for the rest of his life if he is ever to be released from jail.
Lopez’s cousin, Moreno, also was tried twice in Menchaca’s killing.

Proceedings began February 23, 2018, but after four days of deliberations, Rangel declared a mistrial March 9 after jurors told him they were hopelessly deadlocked.
Moreno was retried in December, and the jury found him not guilty.
Details of the attack were so gruesome the victim’s mother had to be taken out of the courtroom on a stretcher, My San Antonio reported.
One witness, Dennis Austin, previously told the juror that what he saw in Lopez and Moreno’s San Antonio home the day of the beating looked like a scene from a ‘horror movie’.

Daniel Lopez 5Killer: Dominguez’ boyfriend Daniel Moreno Lopez [photo] was convicted of murder in June 2018, and had to be physically removed from the courtroom following an angry outburst at the verdict. He is serving a life sentence for the murder

Austin said he stopped by the Hillwood Drive home on September 30 and he saw Menchaca bound at his hands and feet, with his mouth taped, My San Antonio reports.
He said the walls and a couch were covered in blood.
‘He [Menchaca] was bleeding from the cheeks, there was blood everywhere on him. It was like a horror movie,’ he said.
Austin told the courtroom that he also witnessed Moreno and Lopez try to suffocate Menchaca with a pillow and plastic bag. He said Menchaca begged Lopez not to kill him.

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Candie Dominguez will have to serve at least 15 years before she’s eligible for parole

The second accused person Lopez’s cousin, Gabriel Moreno, also was tried twice in Menchaca’s killing. Proceedings began Feb. 23, 2018, but after four days of deliberations, Rangel declared a mistrial March 9 after jurors told him they were hopelessly deadlocked. Moreno was retried in December, and the jury found him not guilty.
In the end, Rangel sentenced Dominguez to the maximum 30 years in her plea deal, in exchange for her testimony in two of the four trials involving Lopez and Moreno.

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