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Benny Tijerina Jr.

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Benny Tijerina Jr.
Born (1958-08-16) August 16, 1958 (age 63)
🏳️ NationalityHispanic
💼 Occupation
Criminal statusImprisoned at Williamson County Jail

Benny Tijerina Jr. is the murder of Rita Salazer and Kevin Key.

Criminal history[edit]

The earliest criminal history when he had was 3 DWI convictions. The first one was in 1998. He had a 3rd one in 2005 . His DNA was placed in the database when he had the 1st one. Ben was revoked on November 2007.[1] [2]

Murder of Rita Salazer and Kevin Key[edit]

Salazer and Key met at an Austin nightclub and had a few dates and on November 5, 1978, they went to see a movie at the Highland Mall in Austin. They stopped the car back from a Dallas party. Key's 1974 Ford ran out of gas at I-35 near Round Rock. Jamie and Javier lead Key to a forest location and shot him with a 22 caliber rifle. They sexually assaulted her in the back of the car and Ben was only limited to masturbation and he left a semon stain on her underwear. She was begging for the others to stop. Kevin's car was found on Round Rock the following day. His body was founded with 7 gunshot wounds and was at north of Georgetown. A man named Robert Musley was the accomplice gunman with him (according to Tijerina when he was in court). Rita's body was found a day later dumped at Interstate 35 around nine miles south of Waco. In 2000, a detective in Willamson requested a testing of her underwear and the DNA recovered from an unknown male contributor from a DNA database called CODIS. His DNA was connected to the crime in 2010 after his DNA was founded in a DNA database called CODIS (according to District Attorney John Bradely). After that, they began to make a case against Ben. He admitted he abducted the couple while they were at a party in Austin and his friends, Jamie and Javier, committed the murders . He was convicted on June 17, 2010 for the murder. On February 28, 2012, Ben pleaded gulity to the crimes and he got 40 years in prison for 2 counts of murder and 1 for capital murder, and gotten a 1 million dollar bail. He will not be eligible for perroll until he served a 3rd of his sentence which will be 13 years. Many people thought it was Henry Lee Lucas who did it since he confessed to it in the mid-1980's. [3] [4][5] [6] [7] [8]


  1. Arrest made in 31 year old murder at the Wayback Machine (archived March 6, 2012)
  2. "Relatives fine justice for teen girl's 1978 slaying". wacotrib.com.
  3. "Relatives fine justice for teen girl's 1978 slaying". wacotrib.com.
  4. The Confession Killer (Netflix) pt. 5
  5. Arrest made in 31 year old murder at the Wayback Machine (archived March 6, 2012)
  6. "KXAN-Guilty Plea in 1978 Cold Case". youtube.com.
  7. Bruney, Gabrielle (December 6, 2019). "Henry Lee Lucas Was Considered America's Most Prolific Serial Killer. But He Was Really a Serial Liar". Esquire.
  8. "Dallas man indicted in 1978 killings based on DNA evidence". Dallas News. June 20, 2010.

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