Weatherford Democrat

July 16, 2013

Man convicted of capital murder, sentenced to life in prison without parole


Weatherford Democrat

— From Staff Reports

A 29-year-old Weatherford man charged in connection with the October 2012 death of a Parker County woman pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to capital and was sentenced to life in prison without parole by District Judge Craig Towson.

Hector Trejo pled guilty to the capital murder of Linda Preston in a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation began when the victim’s husband called 911 on the afternoon of Oct. 11 and told dispatchers that he entered his home and found his wife dead in the living room with cuts to her neck.

The case was filed a capital murder because Trejo took the victim's car, which was at the center of an argument leading up to her death. He was arrested in Fort Worth and confessed the murder to Parker County sheriff's investigators.

“A capital murder case is always a challenging case,” said Assistant District Attorney Robert DuBoise, who prosecuted the case along with Assistant District Attorney Nikki Rhodes. “Texas law only permits two punishments—death and life without parole.  In meeting with Linda Preston’s family to discuss these options, they expressed that one of their overriding concerns was to gain a sense of finality and to not have to suffer endless appeals and delays.  This sentence gives them that finality along with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that Hector Trejo will spend the rest of his life in prison.”

Two members of Preston's family gave victim impact statements in the courtroom and addressed Trejo directly.

See more on this story in Wednesday's Weatherford Democrat.