Man Accused in Drug-Deal 'Cookie Jar Murder' Heads to Trial

EL PASO, TX (KTSM) - The jury selection in the murder trial for Ricardo Lorenzo Macias Jr., one of three people accused in a 2013 drug-deal murder of Jose Castañon began on Monday.

Macias is accused along with Sonia Bautista and Briana Garay of going to Castañon's home in the 2900 block of Hamilton to buy ecstasy from him.

Bautista told investigators that at some point during the transaction, Castañon pulled out scissors and she feared for her life so she picked up a cookie-jar that was nearby and hit him on the head several times.

Castañon's body was found in  his apartment and the three co-defendants were not arrested until 2014.

In 2015, Bautista was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 48-years in prison. Garay is set to go to trial in July.

Macias' trial is expected to begin Tuesday in the 120th District Court, Judge Maria Salas-Mendoza presiding.


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