EL PASO, TX (KVIA)-Convicted child killer David Renteria has his execution date back on the calendar, according to a source with information about the case.
In an email, a spokesman with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice also confirmed Renteria’s death is rescheduled for his original date.
ABC-7 confirmed that on Sept. 8, the judge in the 327th District Court - Monique Velarde Reyes - had vacated the date for the execution, set for Nov. 16, 2023, in order to comply with a motion filed by Renteria’s attorney to see the state’s file.
The 327th is the trial court where the capital murder trial was held for David Renteria in 2003.
Renteria was convicted and sentenced to death for the 2001 kidnapping and murder of Alexandra Flores, 5. Flores was seen on surveillance cameras of the Lower Valley Walmart leaving the store with a man identified as Renteria. Her body was found in a parking structure by Cathedral High School the following morning, partially burned.
The DA had filed a writ of mandamus, which means he asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to compel the trial court judge to vacate her motion to remove the date from the execution calendar.
According to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals website, he appellate court sided with the DA by “granting relief” to his writ, removing the trial court judge’s orders and reinstating the execution on the calendar.