Illegal Immigrant Indicted in Brutal Murder of 16-Year-Old Cheerleader, Could Face Death Penalty

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A 23-year-old man who was in the country illegally and had a prior conviction has been indicted on a capital murder charge in the death of a 16-year-old Texas girl.

Rafael Govea Romero, 23, was indicted Monday by a Jackson County grand jury on capital murder charges in the Dec. 5 homicide of Lizbeth Medina, according to Crossroads Today.

Romero is in the Jackson County Jail with a $2 million bond. Although the indictment allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty, no announcement has been made if it will be sought when the case goes to trial.

The indictment said Lizbeth died after her head hit a firm surface and that Romero hit her with a hard object and repeatedly stabbed or cut Lizbeth.

Romero entered the U.S. legally in 2018, but remained when his visa expired, according to the Victoria Advocate.

In April, he was sentenced to five years probation and fined $2,290 on a burglary charge.

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