Accused serial killer Juan David Ortiz appears for evidence hearing

Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 10:47 AM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - Four years after the serial killings of four women, evidence that was collected during the arrest of Juan David Ortiz could be deemed invalid.

While his trial isn’t scheduled until next month, the former Border Patrol agent appeared at the 406th District Court for a motion to suppress evidence hearing.

During the hearing, attorneys reviewed surveillance video from gas stations that he had stopped at during the night of the alleged killings.

Joel Perez, one of the attorneys for Ortiz claims that the search of Mr. Ortiz’s vehicle was an illegal search because authorities did not obtain a search warrant for it.

“We are alleging that the vehicle was not abandoned and that it was legally parked in a public place and once it was towed to a secure area, it wasn’t going anywhere so police had a duty to obtain a search warrant for it so that’s our position”, said Perez.

The judge has not made a decision on the motion to suppress the evidence.

Ortiz Trial is expected to take place in San Antonio with Jury selection on October 21st.

Perez says the jury selection may take three weeks, the actual evidence report could take two to two and a half weeks.

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