A Texas man killed a Dallas police officer during a domestic dispute with his wife. Now, he will never walk free again.
Last month, a Dallas County judge sentenced Jaime Jaramillo, 38, to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting death of Mesquite, Texas, police officer Richard Houston. After deliberations for over an hour, Jaramillo was found guilty and convicted by a jury of capital murder.
"With this verdict, we believe justice has been served and closure has been provided for the family of Officer Richard Houston and all of those involved in this tragedy. Officer Houston’s legacy will live on at the department, and his life and service will continue to be celebrated," the Mesquite Police Department stated, according to Mesquite News.
In the afternoon of Dec. 3, 2021, Houston responded to the 1500 block of S Beltline Rd in Mesquite after reports of a domestic dispute. Upon arrival at the supermarket parking lot, the victim found Jaramillo in an altercation with his wife, daughter and another woman.
According to prosecutors, the altercation started after Jaramillo’s wife and daughter accused the defendant of cheating with another woman. However, when the officer approached Jaramillo to talk to him, the defendant pulled out a gun and fatally shot Houston.
Then, Jaramillo shot himself in the head but survived his wounds.
In an attempt to drop the capital murder charge for a lesser charge, Jaramillo’s defense team argued their client did not know Houston was a police officer. In a rebuttal, prosecutors refuted the claim by showing the jury a police video when Houston arrived at the crime scene with a marked patrol car and was wearing his uniform.
During the trial, the victim’s widow described the 46-year-old Houston as a man with integrity, character, and morals. Houston and his wife were high school sweethearts with three teenage children, reported In Forney.