A San Antonio attorney filed an appeal on behalf of half-brothers, Justin Lopez and Ismael Gonzalez Jr., who were convicted of the 2008 murder of Enrique Hughes.
Recently, Attorney Dayna L. Jones petitioned the court to reopen the case as she felt that her clients did not have adequate council during their trial. Standing in front of District Judge Richard Terrell, Jones stated the brothers should have been tried separately and evidence was not properly presented during the trial.
In September 2010, Gonzalez and Lopez were convicted of Hughes murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Robert Farrias was also convicted of the murder. Farrias took a 20-year plea in exchange for his testimony.
Hughes, who was 61-years-old at the time, was reported missing in November 2008. In July 2009, his body was discovered on a private ranch near the intersection of Farm-to-Market roads 1554 and 625, three miles from Alice.
Investigators, at the time, believe the half-brothers attempted to rob Hughes of his disability check and lured him to a motel room on North Johnson Street.
Judge Terrell took the appeal under advisement. According to District Clerk officials, the judge has not made a ruling on the appeal.
The three men were transported to the Jim Wells County jail for the appeal in early August and remain in custody as of Thursday.