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Hector "Cholo" Acosta-Ojeda, 30, allegedly shot his roommate several times in the skull before he beheaded him in a house and then executed his victim's terrified girlfriend

Hector "Cholo" Acosta-Ojeda, 30, allegedly shot his roommate several times in the skull before he beheaded him in a house and then executed his victim's terrified girlfriend

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Hector & # 39; Cholo & # 39; Acosta-Ojeda, 30, allegedly shot his roommate several times in the skull before he beheaded him in a house and then executed his victim's terrified girlfriend

A man from Texas shot his roommate several times in the skull before he beheaded him in a house and then executed his victim's terrified girlfriend, a court heard Tuesday.

Hector & # 39; Cholo & # 39; Acosta-Ojeda, 30, is said to have fired two shots at the head of 26-year-old Erick Zelaya when he slept at home in September 2017, before killing Iris Chirinos, 17, as she tried to flee.

Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Rousseau told the jury that Acosta-Ojeda said he had killed Zelaya in retaliation for an individual shooting at his old Arlington home.

In that incident, which took place in May of the same year, two gunmen opened the house while Acosta-Ojeda and others slept inside.

Just after the shooting, Zelaya and his girlfriend showed up at home and seemed to be laughing. the next day the house of Acosta-Ojeda was burned down.

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Rousseau said that Zelaya had informed Acosta-Ojeda that he was involved in the shooting.

Acosta-Ojeda, 30, is said to have fired two shots at the head of 26-year-old Erick Zelaya when he slept at home in September 2017, before he fatally shot Iris Chirinos (top), 17, trying to flee.

Acosta-Ojeda, 30, is said to have fired two shots at the head of 26-year-old Erick Zelaya when he slept at home in September 2017, before he fatally shot Iris Chirinos (top), 17, trying to flee.

Acosta-Ojeda, 30, is said to have fired two shots at the head of 26-year-old Erick Zelaya when he slept at home in September 2017, before he fatally shot Iris Chirinos (top), 17, trying to flee.

Acosta stayed with Zelaya for most of the summer of 2017 and during that time he heard rumors that his newly found roommate was involved in the shooting. He said the idea that & # 39; ate him away & # 39 ;.

Acosta confronted Zelaya with the shooting and admitted to being involved. Hours later, both Zelaya and Chirinos were killed.

After executing the pair, Acosta reportedly went into the backyard and dug a shallow grave for their bodies.

He then took a machete and cut off Zelaya's head and put it in a garbage bag, the prosecutors said.

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Acosta then made a sign … then picked up the bag and the sign, got on a bike, and drove to a location near where his house had burned down.

The 30-year-old left Zelaya's severed head on an artificial walkway not far from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Rousseau said.

Near the head, the Arlington police found the Spanish sign that reads: & # 39; La Raza Se Resreta y Faltan 4 & # 39 ;, which is freely translated as & # 39; the race or group must be respected and there are still only four left. & # 39;

The horrific discovery started a criminal investigation and a search warrant led to the house of Zelaya in the 200 block of Burton Drive, yielding a machete and evidence of blood.

After executing the pair, Acosta reportedly went into the backyard and dug a shallow grave for their bodies. He then grabbed a machete and cut off Zelaya's head and put it in a garbage bag, the prosecutors said before leaving the severed head on an artificial walking trail not far from AT&T Stadium in Arlington (above)

After executing the pair, Acosta reportedly went into the backyard and dug a shallow grave for their bodies. He then grabbed a machete and cut off Zelaya's head and put it in a garbage bag, the prosecutors said before leaving the severed head on an artificial walking trail not far from AT&T Stadium in Arlington (above)

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After executing the pair, Acosta reportedly went into the backyard and dug a shallow grave for their bodies. He then grabbed a machete and cut off Zelaya's head and put it in a garbage bag, the prosecutors said, before leaving the severed head on an artificial walkway not far from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington (above)

The horrific discovery started a criminal investigation and a search warrant led to the house of Zelaya in the 200 block of Burton Drive, yielding a machete and evidence of blood. The remains of the couple were also found buried in the back yard

The horrific discovery started a criminal investigation and a search warrant invoked the home of Zelaya in the 200 block of Burton Drive, yielding a machete and evidence of blood. The remains of the couple were also found buried in the back yard

The horrific discovery started a criminal investigation and a search warrant led to the house of Zelaya in the 200 block of Burton Drive, yielding a machete and evidence of blood. The remains of the couple were also found buried in the back yard

Buried in the back yard were also found the remains of two people, who were later confirmed by researchers like Chirinos and Zelaya. Both were killed by multiple gunshot wounds.

Acosta-Ojeda is accused of capital murder in those killed in Arlington, as well as the theft and murder of Triston Ray Algiene in July 2017 in Fort Worth.

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Acosta-Ojeda and another man, Felipe Eduardo Ortiz, are accused of the murder of Algiene.

The body of Algiene was found on October 3, 2017, cut in half and buried in the foundation under a bedroom and covered with concrete in a vacant house in the 6400 block of Woodway Drive.

According to the Star Telegram, the authorities believe that Algiene went to the house on July 3, where Acosta-Ojeda and Ortiz had stayed for a drug deal – but the meeting was actually designed to rob him.

Acosta-Ojeda is accused of capital murder in those killed in Arlington, as well as the theft and murder of Triston Ray Algiene (above) in July 2017 in Fort Worth

Acosta-Ojeda is accused of capital murder in those killed in Arlington, as well as the theft and murder of Triston Ray Algiene (above) in July 2017 in Fort Worth

Acosta-Ojeda is accused of capital murder in those killed in Arlington, as well as the theft and murder of Triston Ray Algiene (above) in July 2017 in Fort Worth

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Allegedly, Algiene was tied and beaten while his attackers demanded his bank card PIN.

The other two people, presumably to have been Chirinos and Zelaya, started using the card, but discovered that the PIN code did not work.

It was then that Acosta-Ojeda shot Algiene in the head, the police said.

Chirinos and Zelaya, the apparently accomplices to the robbery, both died two months later.

Prosecutors will demand the death penalty against Acosta-Ojeda if he is found guilty, officials confirmed.

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