Trial begins in kidnapping, murder case

Roberto "Tiny" Aguilar facing capital murder charges

SAN ANTONIO – The badly decomposed body of Angel Salazar, 28, was found in an abandoned South Flores street apartment on Aug. 18, 2015. 

He had been kidnapped -- left where he was beaten, stabbed and ultimately shot to death -- prosecutors told the jury Wednesday during their opening statement in the capital murder trial of Roberto “Tiny” Aguilar.

Prosecutor Catherine Hayes said that the kidnapping and murder was ordered by the drug cartels to whom Salazar allegedly owed money.

She said that he was tortured and left in a bathtub in that room for three days until the "hit" order came from the cartels.

“He was pistol whipped, cut and sliced,” Hayes told the jury. “And ultimately a pillow was put over his head and he was shot in the back of the head.”

Though Aguilar is charged with capital murder, the state is not seeking the death penalty. A conviction would mean an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Testimony is expected to continue on Thursday in Judge Lorina Rummel’s 144th District Court.

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