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Breanna Wood murder suspect to face death penalty

Posted: 10:38 PM, Jan 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-04 23:38:05-05

The primary suspect in the Breanna Wood murder case will face the death penalty according to prosecutors.

Joseph Tejeda appeared in Nueces County Court Thursday, and learned prosecutors will seek the death penalty.  Tejeda is accused of killing Wood after she disappeared in October 2016.  Wood’s body was found by police months later.

During Thursday’s hearing, defense attorneys filed motions requesting Tejeda be released on his own recognizance, or that his bond be lowered from $1,000,000.  Judge Jack Pulcher denied those requests.

Tejeda’s appearance came a year and a day after Wood’s body was discovered.  On Wednesday, family and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember her.  Fallon Wood, Breanna’s mother, says she hasn’t grieved for her daughter yet, and won’t until after those responsible are behind bars.  She’s confident justice will be served in the case.

“They’re all going to be held accountable for what they did,” said Wood.  “Like I’ve always said, the justice isn’t just for my daughter and myself, but for everyone they’ve hurt.  I’m grateful these people are off the streets of Corpus Christi.”

Six other suspects have been charged in connection to Breanna Wood’s death.  Two of the suspects could also face the death penalty.