|Texas set to execute Abel Ochoa after shooting deaths of five family members|
|By texastribune.org- Jolie McCullough|
Texas is preparing to execute Abel Ochoa on Thursday for fatally shooting his family members in their living room.
In 2002, Ochoa walked out of his Dallas bedroom, high on crack, and shot his 7-year-old and 9-month-old daughters, wife, father-in-law and two sisters-in-law, court records state. The only survivor was one of his wife’s sisters, who ran to a neighbor’s house after being shot.
Police arrested a cooperative Ochoa soon afterward, and he confessed to shooting his relatives. He told police he “couldn’t handle the stress anymore,” according to court rulings. Nine months later, a Dallas County jury convicted him and sentenced him to death for the murders of his wife and oldest daughter. Now 47, Ochoa has been on death row for nearly 17 years.
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