Judge finds accused serial killer competent to stand trial
SAN ANTONIO -- 31-year-old Johnny Avalos has been found competent by a Magistrate Judge to stand trial.
Avalos is due back in the 437th District Court on Monday. Avalos has been behind bars since his arrest back in April of 2015.
He's been indicted for the Capital Murder of 15 year old Natalie Chavez in the course of an Aggravated Sexual Assault on December 18th, 2014.
Avalos is also accused of killing 28-year-old Rosemary Perez. Perez was found wrapped in a sheet along a sidewalk in the 2100 block of San Fernando on January 12th, 2015.
He's also accused of killing 29-year-old Celia Lopez, and 46-year-old Genevieve Ramirez.
Both Lopez' and Ramirez' bodies were discovered in April of 2015. Lopez was found on April 15th, 2015 in an area along the 4400 block of South Presa, while Ramirez was found a short distance away in an alley along the 100 block of Avondale on April 3rd, 2015.
Ramirez died in the hospital two months later from her injuries.
Then there's the murder of 25-year-old Vanessa Lopez. Lopez was found near Espada Dam on the city's Southside in October of 2012.
Lopez' death had been ruled undetermined until March of 2016. Back in March, the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Lopez' death a homicide. In November of 2016 the San Antonio Police Department stated Avalos was a suspect in Lopez' death.
Alan Futrell, the attorney representing Johnny Avalos tells Fox San Antonio he's still waiting on test results andreports before proceeding with a firm schedule. The question was presented to Futrell is he would contest his client's competency.
Futrell went on to say issues are still being resolved, and the mental health status of his client can take time to determine.