Jurors begin deliberations in Mexican Mafia capital murder case
Witnesses have testified that 33-year-old Harlingen mother Jo Ann Chavez grew deeply entrenched in the drug trafficking business of the notorious prison gang the Mexican Mafia until the “captain,” Wilfredo Padilla, ordered her murder.
But Jo Ann’s sister, who declined to give her name for fear of the men in the gang, simply remembers her older sibling as a woman with a soothing presence and beautiful voice.
While waiting for a verdict in her sister’s capital murder case, the 36-year-old woman recalled with teary eyes a tough day in which she tried over and over to stop her new baby from crying. Jo Ann took the child into her arms and began singing.
“As soon as she heard Jo Ann’s voice, the baby stopped crying,” she said, smiling.
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