3 time DWI offender charged with murder in fatal wreck

Bianca Montes By Bianca Montes

May 16, 2014 at 12:16 a.m.
Updated May 17, 2014 at 12:17 a.m.

Christopher Cordil-Cortinas, a 23-year-old Victoria man charged with causing a fatal wreck in February, was indicted Thursday on a murder charge.

Police said the wreck occurred hours after he was released from jail on a probation violation in a driving while intoxicated case.

Cordil-Cortinas was originally arrested on intoxication manslaughter and evading arrest charges, but Stephen Tyler, Victoria County criminal district attorney, said he proceeded with a murder charge because the charge narrowed the possibility of probation for the three-time offender and increased possible jail time.

Tyler also said the murder charge would make Cordil-Cortinas ineligible for parole if he goes to prison.

Cynthia Partida, 43, of Victoria, was killed in the Feb. 27 wreck.

Cordil-Cortinas' criminal history includes felony drunken driving charges, probation violations, felony drug possession and driving without a valid license.

His arrest set off a debate in the Crossroads about whether repeat DWI offenders should be dealt harsher punishments.

Since 2011, Victoria County has given misdemeanor DWI offenders probation over incarceration at a higher rate than the state average, according to the Texas Office of Court Administration.

The option of plea deals since the fatal wreck for those charged with driving while intoxicated on a first or second offense has been taken off the table.

Cordil-Cortinas' next court date has not been set.



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