A 23-year-old Lubbock murder case has come to an end after Reynaldo Rey, 48, was found guilty of capital murder Thursday and sentenced to life in prison.
After two days of testimony it only took the jury an hour to find Rey guilty of murdering 93-year-old Minnie Elkins in her Lubbock home back in 1989. The murder case went unsolved for nearly 22 years until DNA evidence revealed Rey as a possible suspect.
Elkins grandchildren and great grandchildren filled the courtroom during the trial, painfully listening to witnesses and seeing gruesome pictures of Minnie murdered and naked in her bed. Prosecutors told jurors that two of Rey's pubic hairs were found in Minnie's bed and other DNA on her pillow case and night gown that had been ripped off.
Rey's attorneys tried to argue the evidence that had been taken from the home back in 1989 had been contaminated and therefore compromised. During closing arguments Rey's attorney told jurors this case was "vigilante justice that was based on emotions and not logic."
Prosecutor Matt Powell fired back saying the DNA evidence does not lie, and that Rey's DNA was all over the crime scene.
At one point during the trial one of Minnie's great grandchildren walked out in tears, unable to control his emotions. After the guilty verdict was handed down four grandchildren took the stand to directly talk to Rey.
"You're evil. You are a coward. I hope your sorry soul burns in hell," Gale French said as she stared into Rey's eyes.
French says when Rey is eligible for parole the whole family will once again be there to make sure he never sees the light of day again.
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