Fabian Hernandez sentenced to death

Jury's decision comes 2 weeks after trial began

By Adriana M. Chávez / El Paso Times
Posted: 11/25/2009

EL PASO -- Jurors on Wednesday sentenced a 34-year-old man to death for the murders of his former wife and her friend.

The defendant, Fabian Hernandez, will get an automatic appeal and can expect to spend at least six years on death row.

As Thanksgiving approached, the jury handed up the death sentence a little more than two weeks after Hernandez's trial began. The jurors deliberated for 17 hours across three days before deciding Hernandez should die for killing Renee Urbina Hernandez, 28, and Arthur Lee Fonseca, 24.

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