FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - A 32-year-old Houston man has been convicted of shooting and killing an unarmed man in 2014.
Huver Oregon-Reyes was convicted of murder by a Fort Bend County jury on Tuesday.
Officials said Oregon-Reyes and another man walked into Global Case Work Manufacturing, Inc. located on Industrial Boulevard just before 9 a.m. on March 21. Police said the Oregon-Reyes shot the employee -- identified as Marlon Alexander Palencia Castaneda -- in the chest. Castaneda, 33, died at the scene.
Assistant District Attorney Abdul Farukhi said a Crime Stoppers tip led Sugar Land police to Oregon-Reyes, who was found hiding out in Lewisville. Officers said Oregon-Reyes had changed his appearance and was trying to flee the country.
Authorities said he confessed to the killing, saying he killed Castaneda because he believed Castaneda had had an affair with his wife. Officers said Oregon-Reyes said that he did not feel story for what he had done and had nothing to say to the family.
Oregon-Reyes was tried in the 434th District Court. Assistant District Attorney Abdul Farukhi said the state presented surveillance video and eyewitness testimony from a witness who identified Oregon-Reyes. Farukhi said Oregon-Reyes' wife testified that her husband admitted to killing Castaneda.
According to Farukhi, the defense presented the idea that Oregon-Reyes had only meant to threaten Castaneda's life.
Murder is a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Oregon-Reyes' accomplice in the murder is still at large and a warrant is out for his arrest.
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