Death row inmate receives new hearing

A death row inmate convicted of killing an Austin teen in 2009 will be getting another day in court.

Areli Escobar was convicted of capital murder for sexually assaulting and killing 17-year old LBJ High School student Bianca Maldonado.

He was sentenced to death.

According to a "court of criminal appeals document", Escobar will be receiving a new hearing because of issues with DNA testing in the case.

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore, however, stands firm in the man's conviction and says she doesn't believe that any issues at the Austin Police Department's lab had any effect on the Escobar case.

The victim, Bianca Maldonado, left behind a one-year-old son, her mother and four siblings.

FOX 7 spoke to the family on Thursday about the new hearing. They say revisiting the case is like reliving the nightmare all over again. 
 

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