LAREDO (AP) — An attorney representing a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of killing four women in Texas is asking a judge to reduce his client’s bond, claiming that conditions in jail amount to cruel and unusual punishment.
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An affidavit filed late last week says Juan David Ortiz has been denied clothing, eyeglasses and a toothbrush in his cell at the Webb County Jail in Laredo, where he has been held on $2.5 million bond since his arrest last month. The Webb County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment to the Laredo Morning Times on the claim.READ MORE: Amtrak Train From Fort Worth Crashes In Oklahoma, Four Hurt
Ortiz is charged with killing his victims over a 10-day period. Investigators believe he fatally shot four women during separate attacks after taking each of them to desolate areas outside of Laredo. He was arrested after a fifth woman managed to escape and contacted authorities. Her tips helped police zero in on Ortiz.
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