Abel Ochoa, Texas


Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Able Ochoa has been executed by the state of Texas.  Read more here.

Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to halt the scheduled execution of Abel Ochoa.  His execution can proceed as scheduled.

Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Abel Ochoa has appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, asking them to halt his execution.  Abel is arguing that his execution should be stayed until a pending lawsuit is resolved.  The lawsuit is regarding whether Abel's rights were violated because he was initially denied permission to film a prison interview with his legal team for his state clemency petition.  Courts have, so far, ruled that Abel's rights were not violated.

Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to halt the execution of Abel Ochoa.  Abel was appealing the decision of a lower court that had also denied a request to halt his execution.  

Updated: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected a request to halt the execution of Abel Ochoa.  In refusing to stay the execution, the court did not give a written order explaining its decision.

Updated: Monday, February 3, 2020

Abel Revill Ochoa is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm local time, on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at the Walls Unit of the Hunstville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Forty-seven-year-old Abel is convicted of murdering his wife, 29-year-old Cecelia; their daughter 7-year-old Crystal, in a shooting spree that also killed their 9-month-old daughter, Anahi; Abel’s 56-year-old father-in-law Bartolo Alivizo; and his 20-year-old sister-in-law Jacqueline Saleh. The murders occurred on August 4, 2002, in Dallas Texas. Abel has been on death row in Texas for the past 16 years.

Abel was born in Vicente Guerrero county in Durango, Mexico, in poverty. Abel and his family moved to Texas while Abel was still young. Growing up, Able had a good school record. Abel’s father was an alcoholic and would abuse his family. Able was addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine. Abel had previously worked as a heavy equipment operator and laborer. He had no prior prison record.

On Sunday, August 4, 2002, Abel went to church with his wife and children. On the way home Abel asked his wife for some money to stop and buy some cocaine. The couple got into a fight, but eventually Cecelia relented and Abel took the family to drug house to buy the cocaine, before the family returned home.

Upon returning home, Abel went into the back yard to smoke the cocaine. Two of Cecelia’s sisters came over to the house and the three women sat in the living room talking. After smoking, Abel went upstairs and laid in bed, wanting more cocaine, but knowing it would lead to an argument if he asked his wife for more money.

Abel took his gun, walked into the living room and began shooting until he ran out of bullets. He then returned to the bedroom, reloaded the weapon and returned to the living room, where he saw his daughter, Crystal. Crystal began running and Able chased her, shooting and killing her. His wife, two daughters, one sister-in-law, and his father-in-law was killed in the shooting. A second sister-in-law, Alma Alvizo, was seriously injured in the shooting.


Abel then took his wife’s purse and left the house in her car. He attempted to withdraw money at an ATM, however, he was unable to remember the passcode. He drove around until police caught up with him, approximately 30 minutes after the shooting.


Abel verbally confessed to the police when he was arrested, and later, made a written confession. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his wife and eldest daughter.


Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Cecelia, Crystal, Anahi, Bartolo Alivizo, and Jacqueline Saleh. Pray for strength for the family of Abel. Pray that if Abel is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided prior to his execution. Pray that Abel may come to find peace through a personal relationship with the Lord, if he has not already.



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