Yesterday, his co-defendant in this case ? 17-year-old Jose Reyes -- appeared in criminal court. The two are accused in the brutal murder of a 15-year-old Clear Lake-area girl. Prosecutors say Corriann Cervantes was with the two suspects at a vacant apartment on El Camino Real last Wednesday when she was killed.
The duo allegedly sexually assaulted Cervantes, stabbed her in the face with a screwdriver and even carved an upside-down cross on her stomach. They believe it was all part of a satanic ritual.
"What Mr. Reyes says is that he had sold his soul to the devil. The juvenile inquired that if he committed a murder, would that basically initiate him to being able to sell his soul to the devil," Harris County ADA John Jordan said. "Mr. Reyes said yes."
The sole purpose of today's hearing was to decide whether the 16-year-old would remain in custody. The judge decided that would be the case.
It was a short hearing; the teen's mother and grandfather were present and tearful as they watched.
The attorneys could not discuss details of today's case because it was a juvenile hearing.
The teen is due back in court for a detention hearing on February 18.
A moment of silence was held this week at Clear Path Alternative School, where both Cervantes and the 16-year-old capital murder suspect were students.
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