A Texas teen who raped and killed his girlfriend and then sent graphic photos of her dead body to his friends was given life behind bars on Wednesday.
Jesus Campos Jr., 18, has been convicted of capital murder for killing his 15-year-old girlfriend Karen Perez before leaving her body under a sink in an abandoned Houston complex two years ago, according to the Houston Chronicle. At the time of Perez’ death, Campos was also 15.
The day Perez died, Campos texted her, ordering her to skip class and meet him, according to KTRK in Houston. Investigators said he threatened to kill her if she refused to meet. Surveillance footage from a taqueria showed the two together with a group of other friends. Then, the group went to an abandoned apartment complex, but all except Campos and Perez eventually left, according to a teen who was there who provided a tip to authorities. That's where Campos recorded himself raping and strangling Perez on his cell phone. That footage helped convict Campos as it played a huge role in his murder trial.
“I don’t want to die, Jesus,” Perez says in the recording as she begs for her life, according to KHOU in Houston. The video wasn’t the only documentation of the murder that the jurors saw. They were also shown graphic photos Campos shared with his friends via text after her death. They were of her dead body and one was sent with the caption “bros before hoes,” according to KHOU.
The teens that received those text messages did not turn in Campos, according to KTRK. It’s unclear if they will face any charges.
"I've tried several capital murder cases," Prosecutor Jennifer Meriwether said, according to the KTRK. "But the recording of Karen being raped, and pleading for her life before she was so viciously murdered, will stay with me for the rest of my life."
Campos will be eligible for parole in 40 years.
[Photo: Harris County Sheriff's Office, Facebook]
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