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Heather Ann Willms
Heather Ann Willms was having fun with life, she graduated from O’Connor High School in 2001 and had attended San Antonio College and Texas Lutheran University.
She had 5 siblings and was admired by many buddies, together with Jose Baldomero Flores, who she and her household referred to as Joe.
Heather and Jose met at O’Connor and had been buddies since.
Often, she would invite him over to her household’s home for dinner.
A grisly discovery
On February 21, 2005, Heather was presupposed to work at her job as a waitress at Champs Americana Restaurant however she by no means confirmed up.
Her family and friends tried calling her however there was no answer.
The subsequent morning, Heather’s physique was discovered inside her dwelling, it was a tragic day her stepmother Marianne Willms spoke about in court docket.
“Her friends were looking for her because she didn’t show up to work or to pizza afterwards, and they called us worried. Her dad was there with her friends when they found her. He called and said it’s bad, Heather’s dead,” Marianne stated.
Heather had been discovered within the bed room of her Leon Valley house. She had been raped and strangled.
Everyone who knew her was shocked by her homicide. Who would do one thing like this to her?
Police started their investigation and questioned everybody however no arrests have been made and ultimately the case went chilly.
Another girl’s physique discovered
Six years afterward March 2, 2011, San Antonio firefighters responded to an house fireplace however inside they discovered the physique of a girl.
That girl was recognized as 30-year-old Esmeralda Herrera.
She had been tied up, raped, overwhelmed, and strangled, the fireplace was deliberately set to destroy the proof.
But, not all the proof was destroyed.
Jose Baldomero Flores
According to an affidavit, DNA was left on a beer can within the kitchen, together with hairs and fibers and a bloody shoeprint.
Police quickly discovered that all through the day Esmeralda had been speaking on and off with one individual, a pal named Jose Baldomero Flores.
A pal of Esmeralda’s later informed police that she had recognized Jose for a few year.
The day earlier than she was killed, Esmeralda had informed the pal that Jose can be coming over to go to.
Police now had a suspect in Esmeralda’s homicide. Six weeks later, Jose was charged.
But he didn’t keep in jail lengthy and was really launched only a month later, the district legal professional’s office stated they wanted extra concrete proof to indict him.
The ready recreation started.
It can be 5 years earlier than an arrest was made, however this time with the assistance of the Texas Rangers.
Flores was arrested and charged, not simply with Esmeralda’s homicide but additionally the homicide of Heather Willms.
Two households now bonded over the crimes dedicated an individual each of their daughters knew and referred to as a pal.
They must wait once more, this time for justice to be served, and that got here in the summertime of 2022.
“The overwhelming grief started to set in as there was no sleep, just crying. And we started to plan Heather’s funeral, which no parent should ever have to plan their child’s funeral. It was devastating,” Marianne stated.
“Every fiber of my being wants you to suffer and live in fear just as my Heather did, just as Esmeralda did,” stated Donna Ellis, Heather’s mother.
Plea and sentencing
On Monday, days earlier than a jury was to be picked for considered one of his upcoming trials, Flores took a plea deal.
Flores was given two consecutive life sentences on two first-degree homicide costs.
“The most disturbing part of this murder is that this brutal murder was not committed by a stranger. Joe Flores lost not only her friend, but what she thought of is a big brother. Joe came to our house. He ate our food in the doorway with our children. He was no stranger. Five days after Joe Flores murdered Heather, he held up her casket with her body and walked down the aisle of our church as a pallbearer. He he walked with the casket down the hill to the cemetery where he watched her casket lowered into her grave. Heather watches over all of us every day is our guardian angel today. This is our opportunity to bring her justice. Although we will not carry his casket, all of us, as said, this community are watching his Joe for us, pleads guilty to her murder. He will live his life in prison and we will carry him in our hearts forever,” Marianne stated at his sentencing.
“Evil took my daughter my angel. Pure evil. Joe, you are the poster child of evil. You deserve nothing less than to suffer for eternity. That fact is the reason I am writing this. Knowing you will suffer every day of your life. The way I suffer every day of my life,” Dona Ellis stated. “Today I forgive you. As hard as that is to say. And it makes me sick. I take my life back from your evil grip. I give myself my emotions, my thoughts. I give all of it to God as I move forward in my life, knowing Heather is alive, healthy, and happy in heaven.”
The Herrera Family had a letter learn in court docket by a sufferer advocate they usually wished Flores to endure in jail.
Flores is now serving his life sentences in Beeville on the Garza West Unit. KSAT 12 Court Reporter Erica Hernandez reached out to see if he was concerned about speaking however he didn’t answer.
A forensic psychologist weighs in
Erica spoke with forensic psychologist Dr. John Delatorre and requested him about his ideas on Jose Flores.
“When I first learned about this case was that this was someone who I think believed himself to be involved in relationships with these two women that perhaps wasn’t in reality. And because it wasn’t real, because it wasn’t an actual relationship that he thought it was in his head. It can it turned violent and it turned aggressive and ended up leading to the deaths of these two women,” Dr. Delatorre stated.
She requested if he believed Flores dedicated any extra crimes between killing Heather and Esmeralda.
“I don’t think so. I don’t think he killed other people in between. I think the reason why that there is such a long gap in between was potentially that he was engaging in behaviors that might be considered stalking. Right. I think what he was trying to do was really hyper focus in on one of these two. Right. Because I think the first victim he knew back in high school and then there’s like a six year gap or something like that between the second victim,” Dr. Delatorre stated. (*2*)
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