Man convicted of murdering Texas officer


By Brian Rogers
The Houston Chronicle

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Jurors began deliberating in the capital murder trial of Juan Leonardo Quintero today after hearing prosecutors argue that he killed a Houston police officer because he feared spending 10 years in federal prison for re-entering the United States after being deported in 1999.

"Fear turned to anger and he assassinated Rodney Johnson as (Johnson) was filling out paperwork," prosecutor John Jordan said in closing arguments in Quintero's capital murder trial.

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