Weatherford man receives life without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to capital murder

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A man who pleaded guilty to stabbing a woman to death received a life prison sentence on Tuesday.

Hector Trejo, 29, of Weatherford, will die in prison, state District Judge Craig Towson said as he handed down a sentence that does not include the possibility of parole.

Trejo was released from prison and was on parole after a robbery conviction when he stabbed Linda Preston, 47, multiple times and left her to die in her living room. Preston’s husband discovered his wife’s body on Oct. 11 after arriving at their home in the 1600 block of Wildwood Trail.

Parker County Sheriff’s Department investigators determined that Trejo had driven himself and a friend to Fort Worth in Preston’s car Oct. 11, a news release from the Parker County district attorney’s office stated.

When investigators spoke to the friend, he said that he and Trejo had been drinking beer at a nearby residence and that Trejo went to Preston’s residence to smoke a cigarette and talk with her.

A short time later, Trejo came out of the house holding Preston’s car keys and told the friend that she had asked Trejo to run an errand for her in Fort Worth, the friend told police.

The friend said Trejo drove him to the Como area of Fort Worth and dropped him off, promising to pick him up later. He never returned, the release said.

The next day, investigators received information from Fort Worth police that a man calling himself Carlos Hernandez had shown up to work as a day laborer at a Fort Worth church. While at the church, Hernandez told a church volunteer that he had killed someone and wanted to turn himself in. Investigators determined that Hernandez was Trejo and tracked him to an apartment complex in Fort Worth, where he was arrested.

Trejo told authorities that he stabbed Preston after she refused to allow him to borrow her car, the news release stated. Trejo also told investigators that he consumed 12 or 13 beers before the murder and then mixed the alcohol with prescription pills, the release stated.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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