Man accused of killing Mesquite police officer will stand trial for capital murder

A man accused of killing a 21-year veteran Mesquite police officer in December is set to stand trial this week in Dallas County. Jaime Jaramillo is...

September 15, 2022
3:34 AM

A man accused of killing a 21-year veteran Mesquite police officer in December is set to stand trial this week in Dallas County. Jaime Jaramillo is charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of Officer Richard Lee Houston II. The 38-year-old Balch Springs man faces an automatic life sentence if convicted because prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty. Killing a law enforcement officer is a capital murder offense under Texas law. Police allege Jaramillo shot Houston on Dec. 3 outside an Albertsons at Belt Line and Cartwright roads in Mesquite.

Krista M. Torralva