Jesus Campos Jr was a fifteen year old from Texas who would sexually assault and murder a teen girl and then post the attack online. According to court documents Jesus Campos and the victim Karen Perez were at an abandoned building with a number of other teens. However the others would leave and that was the last time anyone saw Karen Perez alive.
Jesus Campos would sexually assault, which he would film, and murder the fifteen year old and then took photos of her body and sent it to friends. None of his friends would tell police. Three days after the murder Jesus Campos would confess to his father who would turn him in. This teen killer would be sentenced to life in prison without parole
Jesus Campos 2020 Information
SID Number: 50411857
TDCJ Number: 02231464
Name: CAMPOS,JESUS FRANCISCO JR
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Current Facility: STILES
Projected Release Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Parole Eligibility Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
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A South Houston teenager convicted of raping and murdering his girlfriend was sentenced this week to life in prison.
Jesus Campos Jr., 18, was convicted for the May 2016 murder of 15-year-old Karen Perez.
Perez was found dead underneath the kitchen sink in an empty apartment at an abandoned complex at Avenue N and 16th Street, next to South Houston High School.
Perez was missing for three days before Campos told his father, “She is not alive.” Campos’ father took the teen to Houston Police to confess, but Campos denied knowing where his girlfriend was. Campos told police he saw Perez at a taqueria the day before.
Another teen came forward after Perez’s disappearance and contacted Texas EquuSearch. The teen said he was part of a group with Perez and Campos that went to the abandoned apartment complex after being at the taqueria. That teen told officials he and two others went back to school but left Campos and Perez alone in the apartment.
Perez’s body was discovered hours after the teen’s tip.
In a search of Campos’ phone, investigators found images and a recording of Perez being sexually assaulted and strangled. In the recording, investigators say Perez is heard crying and begging Campos not to kill her, saying, “I don’t want to die, Jesus.”
In addition to the recording, jurors also saw graphic images Campos shared of Perez after killing her, and the teens with them refused to turn him in. One said in a text message, “bros before hoes.”
Campos was found guilty of capital murder in less than an hour and was sentenced to life in prison with a possibility of parole after 40 years.
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A Houston teen who raped and murdered his girlfriend – and then shared images of her lifeless body with his friends – was sentenced to life in prison this week, according to Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg’s office.
Jesus Campos Jr. was 15 when he killed 15-year-old Karen Perez on May 27, 2016. He was convicted of capital murder Monday after a six-day trial.
“I’ve tried several capital murder cases,” said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Meriwether in a statement. “But the recording of Karen being raped, and pleading for her life before she was so viciously murdered, will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
Perez, a freshman at South Houston High School, went missing days after her 15th birthday.
Volunteers, including Texas EquuSearch, had been searching for her for three days when Campos told his father “she is not alive.”
Campos’ father took the teen to the Houston Police Department to confess, but during questioning, he denied knowing where his girlfriend was. He told police that he last saw her at a taqueria the day she went missing.
Three days after Perez went missing, another teenager called Texas EquuSearch and said he was part of a group of teens including Perez and Campos who left school and went to the taco restaurant and then to an abandoned apartment complex. He told authorities that he and two other teens left and went back to school, but Perez and Campos stayed at the apartment. That was the last time he saw her alive.
Based on the tip, police found the young girl’s body.
Campos continued to insist he did not know where Perez was, but when investigators searched Campos’s cell phone they found images and a recording of the sexual assault and strangulation.
During the recording, Perez is heard crying and begging Campos not to kill her: “I don’t want to die, Jesus.”
At trial, jurors heard that Campos shared graphic images of Perez after he killed her.
The jury found Campos guilty of capital murder in less than an hour. The 18-year-old was automatically sentenced to life in prison, with a possibility of parole after 40 years.
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