Ector County Man to Get a New Sentencing Trial

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

An Ector County man on death row will get a new sentencing trial.

Michael Dean Gonzales' death penalty sentence has been thrown out, because an expert witness testified Gonzales' ethnicity made him a future threat to society.

Gonzales is Hispanic.

He was convicted in the 1994 murder of Manuel Aguirre and his wife, Merced, during a break-in at their Odessa home.

Jury selection in the Gonzales case will begin in April.