Man accused in the murder of missing woman won’t face death penalty

Posted at 2:09 PM, Jan 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-08 15:09:13-05

One of seven people accused of killing a woman in 2015 has had his life spared.

During a hearing Monday morning, Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez announced the state is not seeking the death penalty against Christopher Gonzalez.

Gonzalez stated he couldn’t afford an attorney, so Judge Jack Pulcher appointed defense attorneys Hector Gonzalez and Luis Garcia to his case.

Last month, Gonzalez was indicted on three counts, including capital murder, murder and engaging in criminal activity in connection with the murder of Breanna Wood.

Wood was reported missing in October of 2015. Her body was found in January 2017 at an abandoned home near Bluntzer.
Police say Wood’s ex-boyfriend, Joseph Tejeda shot Wood to death. Tejeda, Gonzalez and five others are in custody in connection with Wood’s murder but there’s no word on a motive.

Gonzalez’ bond is set at $1 million.