The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in December overturned the convictions of Daniel Villegas (vee-YAY'-gas), agreeing that he had ineffective counsel at trial. In January, Villegas was released on bond after 18 years in prison and a new trial was scheduled for May 28.
Now, Villegas and his new attorney Joe Spencer will ask the judge to suppress the confession. Spencer says the confession to an El Paso police detective was made under coercion and duress.
Villegas was sentenced in 1995 to life in prison in the deaths of two teenagers during a drive-by shooting in El Paso.