A hearing to set a trial date for the man accused of killing three people in a violent shooting rampage that also injured three more has been set for April 29.
The accused, 37-yea-old Jose Reyes-Alfaro, is now facing capital murder charges, according to court documents, for the shooting deaths of 57-year-old Brenda Ashcraft and 37-year-old William Ashcraft at their home on Hood Road in the Georgetown South neighborhood on Feb. 10. Reyes-Alfaro then went to a home on Brent Street where he fatally shot his friend, 48-year-old Julio Cesar Ulloa.
The accused looked straight ahead listening intently to his interpreter as the judge granted a motion Friday to appoint the Capital Defender Office as co-council for the accused. All three first degree murder charges were also dismissed against the accused in lieu of the greater charges of capital murder.
The accused is also being charged with three counts of aggravated malicious wounding, according to court documents, for shooting a 15-year-old girl and her mother and attacking a 77-year-old woman with a machete. All three survived the attack.
Reyes-Alfaro, an illegal alien from El Salvador is also facing five counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, court documents state.
According to a neighbor, the accused lived at the home on Hood Road since at least August 2010 and was said to have dated Brenda Ashcraft over the course of several years. After his arrest in the early morning hours of Feb. 11, it was discovered that Reyes-Alfaro was here in the U.S. illegally and was ordered deported after going before a judge in 2001.
A preliminary hearing has been set for April 15; check back with Patch for more information as it becomes available.