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SAN ANTONIO — Twenty years after Selena’s murder, the Latin world will remember “The Queen of Tejano” with concerts, lookalike contests, dances and a massive festival. But her father has mixed feelings about the celebrations.

“Of course I’m happy that, today, people remember Selena more than ever,” Abraham Quintanilla III said via phone from his office in Corpus Christi.

“But, as Jehovah’s Witnesses, we don’t celebrate deaths or birthdays, and we don’t want people to think we’re behind all the festivities. It’s crazy. It grows every day with events everywhere, but we’re not organizing them. Our family never got together every year on the day of her murder, because there’s nothing to celebrate, and this year won't be the exception,” he added.

“We remember our daughter every single day. We don’t need a special day to remember her.”

Selena began performing as a child, singing in Los Dinos, a band formed by her father that featured her brother A.B. on bass and sister Suzette on drums.

She won a Best Mexican-American Album Grammy for Live, had several hits in the U.S. and was about to cross over to the English-language pop market when, on March 31, 1995, she was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar, the president of her fan club.

Courtesy BCA Forensic Science Services

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The body of a woman found in a drainage ditch 35 years ago has been identified as that of an 18-year-old Texas hitchhiker who was assaulted and killed by a former Minnesota state trooper, state authorities said Tuesday.

Michelle Yvette Busha’s remains were identified over the weekend through DNA testing. Her body was found on May 30, 1980, and had been buried anonymously at a cemetery in the southern Minnesota city of Blue Earth for the past three decades.

Robert Leroy Nelson, a state trooper at the time, had confessed to killing a woman nine years later, but investigators had been unable to determine her identity.

“This was a case of not whodunit, but who was she,” said Faribault County Sheriff Michael Gormley. Busha’s remains were exhumed in August and DNA was collected as part of a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension effort to identify dozens of unidentified human remains in the state. BCA Forensic Science Services Director Catherine Knutson said investigators built a DNA profile, and entered that information into a national database for missing persons in mid-February.

Durst Waives Extradition, Will Return To California

Mar 16, 2015
Courtesy HBO

NEW ORLEANS  — Wealthy eccentric Robert Durst waived extradition Monday and will return to Los Angeles to face a murder charge in the 15-year-old death of a writer and friend who acted as his spokeswoman.

Durst, who was acquitted of one murder and long suspected in two others over three decades in three states, muttered that he “killed them all, of course” in the finale of a six-part documentary that authorities hope will finally lead to a conviction.

Durst, 71, appeared before a judge in New Orleans on Monday after FBI agents arrested him before HBO’s broadcast of Sunday's final episode. He had been laying low in a Marriott hotel to avoid the growing attention at his Houston home, his lawyer said. He shuffled into the courtroom with his hands shackled at his waist, wearing sandals and an orange jumpsuit.

DALLAS  — Police say a suspect arrested Friday in the killing of an Iraqi man taking photos of his first snow said he was looking for whoever shot at his girlfriend’s home when he randomly came upon the victim and opened fire.

DALLAS — Dallas police are investigating the killing of an Iraqi man who was shot to death as he took photos of his first ever snowstorm.

Police are searching for four young suspects in the killing of 36-year-old Ahmed Al-Jumaili last Wednesday night. Authorities do not know if Al-Jumaili was targeted.

Alia Salem, executive director of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Monday that Al-Jumaili had escaped violence in Iraq and had been in Dallas for just 20 days when he was shot.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Update: Many listeners took issue with our guest, James Jacobs', view on both the impact of marijuana possession charges and the process of getting criminal convictions expunged in Texas. He is a national expert.  We wanted to include some local commentary from our Interim Chief Public Defender.

A misdemeanor marijuana conviction will cause your driving privileges to be suspended for 6 months, disqualify you from federally backed student loans, cause you and your family to be evicted from Section 8 (low income) housing. 

Bexar Co. Sheriff's Office

Former San Antonio Spur Alvin Robertson is back in the Bexar County jail after being arrested Monday by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the US Marshall’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

The 52-year-old Robertson, who is charged with sex trafficking of a 14-yea-old girl, had been a fugitive since he cut off his court-ordered GPS monitor last Monday.

The former NBA All-Star also had played for the Toronto Raptors and the Detroit Pistons.

Robertson’s new bond is set at $80,000. His trial is set for March 27. 

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay in tonight's scheduled execution of Scott Panetti.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

A gunman opened fire on a group of people walking down the street on the city’s East Side Monday afternoon, missing the intended targets but hitting San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor’s vehicle.

Sgt. Javier Salazar with the San Antonio Police Department said the shots, originating from inside a moving vehicle, also hit a building associated with Taylor, but did not injure anyone inside. Two people were shot in the process, though, one in the upper, and the other in the lower body.

Veterans Treatment Court, San Antonio

    

The Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court is reaching the end of its grant funding and its judge is calling on the county to fund the court's ongoing operation.

The court processes hundreds of veterans – many of whom have been awarded the Purple Heart or Bronze Star. It has been operating out of County Court 6 for the last four years, working with veterans accused of misdemeanor crimes to get them out of the offending cycle and help them back into productive lives. 

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