Friday, August 10, 2012

Corpus Christi, TX: Port Aransas man found competent for trial over 2010 killing of girlfriend, 4 friends wounded

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Jurors have decided a South Texas man must stand trial over the 2010 fatal shooting of his girlfriend and the wounding of four friends.

A jury in Corpus Christi on Wednesday found Jose Francisco Guillen of Port Aransas (uh-RAN'-suhs) competent for trial Sept. 24. He's charged with murder and four counts of aggravated assault.

Lanae Wesner of Kerrville was killed and four other people wounded during a cookout in Port Aransas. Investigators say Guillen was barefoot when he fled and allegedly took a taxi, stopped to buy shoes and headed for Corpus Christi International Airport.

The cabbie called police about a passenger wanting the first plane to California. Guillen was arrested at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport.

Another jury last year decided Guillen, who remains in custody, was not competent.

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