Ailing Texas jail inmate accused of slaying dies

May 15, 2012 4:08:46 AM PDT
An ailing Central Texas jail inmate awaiting trial over a 2010 killing allegedly linked to a prison-based gang has died.

Hays County authorities say 52-year-old Eloy Davila Jr. of Wimberley had been treated for an undisclosed life-threatening illness. He complained of weakness Sunday, was transported to a hospital and died.

Davila was charged with murder in what prosecutors say was a Mexican Mafia-related slaying. Three other men charged with murder remained in custody Tuesday facing trial in the death of Walter Capello of Lockhart.

Capello's body was found in a pickup when New Braunfels police conducted a traffic stop. Investigators say the victim had been stabbed more than 60 times and his body was wrapped in plastic.