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Death Row Information

Offender Information

Picture of Offender Name Santellan, Jose Sr.
TDCJ Number 999140
Date of Birth 03/08/1962
Date Received 03/14/1995
Age (when Received) 34
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 10
Date of Offense 08/22/1993
  Age 31
  County Kerr
  Race Hispanic
  Gender Male
  Hair Color Black
  Height 5' 10"
  Weight 189
  Eye Color Brown
  Native County Wise
  Native State Texas

Prior Occupation
Shipping & Receiving, Laborer

Prior Prison Record
TDCJ-ID #455553, received on 07/01/87 on a 2-year sentence from Harris County for 1 count of Burglary of a Building With Intent to Commit Theft; on 08/26/87 released on Parole; 04/14/89 returned from Parole; 05/27/89 released on Mandatory Supervision; discharged sentence on 07/05/90

Summary of Incident
On 08/22/93, the subject, in the afternoon, was at a local hospital in Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas. His girlfriend, Yolanda Garza, was in the parking lot and the subject shot her with a 25-caliber handgun. The subject was observed putting Ms. Yolanda Garza into his vehicle and driving off after threatening a witness. The subject drove on I-10 to the Hill County Motel in Camp Wood, Texas, where he rented a room for 2 days. Police officers arrived shortly after midnight on 08/24/93 and found the subject inside the motel room with the body of the victim. The subject had drank a 12 pack of beer and also took an unknown number of pills that were in the victim's purse.

Co-Defendants
None

Race and Gender of Victim
Hispanic Female