Allen Rubio was sentenced to death by a jury on Thursday, only four days after being convicted of capital murder for beheading his common law wife's three children back in 2003.
The children were all under the age of four. Rubio had smothered them, stabbed them, and finally decapitated them in a Brownsville, Texas apartment. Hidalgo County District Judge Noe Gonzales asked Rubio if there was anything he would like to say. The Associated Press quotes Rubio:
Thank the jury for giving me a chance to show what I could.
Gonzales has sentenced more people to death than any other judge in south Texas. He said that he recognized that a lot of people went through what Rubio did, also referring to Rubio's abusive and troubled childhood. The Associated Press quotes Gonzales:
I don't know what happened, but I know what this jury found. I have never seen a crime like this.
On Monday, a jury found Rubio guilty on four counts of capital murder. It is one charge for each child and one for the children together.
Rubio had been previously convicted of the murders in 2003 and sentenced to death then as well. However, a state appeals court overturned his conviction in 2007 due to statements from the children's mother, Angela Camacho, were wrongly allowed as evidence during trial. Camacho had plead guilty and is serving a life sentence for her active part in the murders.
Rubio pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity at this trial, however the jury rejected his claim.
Nat Perez, one of Rubio's attorneys, says that something must have gone terribly wrong in his client's life for him to do this. To make matters worse for Rubio, none of his family members came to support him. Perez said that they called them yesterday to come and testify, but they did not show up.
The Associated Press added that during the sentencing segment of the trial, prosecutors called witnesses who painted a picture of Rubio, depicting him as a remorseless killer. Some witnesses claimed that Rubio would even continue to threaten others while in prison. However, Rubio's attorneys said that it is unlikely that a man convicted of killing three children would pose a threat in prison. Rubio did, however, set several fires while on death row, but he never attempted to assault inmates or guards. Experts testified that Rubio's childhood was riddled with issues such as violence in the home, "toxic" parents, drug use, and even prostitution. They say this damaged him developmentally and said it set him on a path for failure.
On March 11, 2003, Police were flagged down by Rubio's brother, and they then found the bodies of the victims in the apartment Rubio shared with Camacho. They were 3-year-old Julissa Quesada, 14-month-old John e. Rubio, and 2-month old Mary Jane Rubio.
Rubio has claimed since then that the children were possessed and that he was the "chosen one" and that he intended to save the world. In his defense, experts diagnosed him with paranoid schizophrenia, but jurors rejected the conclusion.
Prosecutors also added that Rubio had sex with Camacho and told her that it would likely be their last chance. They both were cleaning up the crime scene when Rubio's brother and his girlfriend entered.
The first officer on the scene said that after he saw the decapitated body of one of the children in the back bedroom, Rubio held his wrist out and said, "arrest me."
The Associated Press adds that at one point before, the state had taken custody of their children, but gave them back when Rubio and Camacho were enrolled in government assistance programs.