On June 24, 1993 while walking home, Elizabeth Pena (16) and Jennifer Ertman (15) were kidnapped, brutally beat and raped, and then strangled to death by a gang known as the Black and Whites.
Tomorrow —nearly 13 years after the crimes were committed — Sean Derrick O’Brien will be the first person involved to be executed by the State of Texas. 13 years to carry out the sentence of a man who confessed to using his own belt to strangle one of the girls to death after he raped her.
He should have been drug behind the courthouse and shot in the head within second of uttering that confession.
NOTE — Villareal and Perez have since had their sentences commuted to life after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the execution of killers who were under 18 when they committed their crimes was no longer constitutional. Perez and Villareal were both 17 at the time they killed these two little girls.
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Click here to read the entire grotesque account of their crimes:
When the rapes finally ended, the horror was not over. The gang members took Jenny and Elizabeth from the clearing into a wooded area, leaving the juvenile behind, saying he was “too little to watch”. Jenny was strangled with the belt of Sean O’Brien, with two murderers pulling, one on each side, until the belt broke. Part of the belt was left at the murder scene, the rest was found in O’Brien’s home. After the belt broke, the killers used her own shoelaces to finish their job. Medellin later complained that “the bitch wouldn’t die” and that it would have been “easier with a gun”.