Odessa Murderer Found Hanging in Prison Cell

ODESSA, Texas (AP) - A West Texas man who pleaded guilty and got life in prison without parole for killing his pregnant common-law wife and her mother in 2005 has committed suicide.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons said Tuesday that Leo Angel Luna was found hanging in his cell in the Connally Unit in Karnes County in southern Texas early Saturday.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Lyons says Luna, who was housed separately because he was a suspected gang member, used a bed sheet and attached it to the cell's door.

In 2007, the then-22-year-old Luna pleaded guilty to killing 19-year-old Diana Ponce and her 49-year-old mother, Blanca Ponce. Diana Ponce's baby died during an emergency Caesarean section.