Court rejects request from man convicted of 2009 murder

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The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has denied a Brownsville man’s request to have his murder conviction overturned.

The higher court on Wednesday dismissed the writ of habeas corpus filed by an attorney representing Javier Chavez in his murder case.

Chavez, 43, was convicted of the January 21, 2007 stabbing death of Steven Rodriguez.

According to court records, Rodriguez was killed for being a snitch because he was going to provide authorities with information about a car theft ring.

Rodriguez’s body was found in a ditch near the 1200 block of Milpa Verde Street in Brownsville. He had been stabbed several times.

A witness in the case said he saw Chavez wearing surgical gloves and his hands were bloody. He was seen fleeing the backyard where Rodriguez was found, according to court records.

According to court records, Chávez’s girlfriend said he told her, “He hurt someone and he stabbed someone.”

A Cameron County jury on January 8, 2009 found Chavez guilty of murdering Rodriguez.

Judge Benjamin Euresti Jr. of the state’s 107th District Court sentenced Chavez to life in prison on January 12, 2009.

Chavez remains imprisoned at the McConnell Unit in Beeville, Texas.

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