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Steven Brian ALVARADO





Classification: Homicide
Characteristics: Juvenile (17) - Drugs
Number of victims: 2
Date of murder: September 22, 1991
Date of birth: August 11, 1974
Victims profile: Refugio Carmen Sustaita and her son, Manuel Sustaita
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
LocationEl Paso County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death November 10, 1993. Commuted to life on June 22, 2005


Steven Brian Alvarado v. State of Texas, Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, 912 S.W.2d 199.

November 15, 1995

Convictions and Death Sentence Affirmed.


Appellate documents state Steven Alvarado killed two people, a mother and son, during a drug deal in 1991 when he was 17 years old. A year or so prior to the murder Alvarado had been in the hospital. The psychologist stated that at that time, based on her reports, the appellant was “violent and dangerous and that he had a full-blown antisocial personality disorder.”… He had “no concern for the rights of others, and admitted selling illegal weapons, abusing and selling illegal drugs, sexually assaulting a woman, mutilating human infants in Satanic rituals, and committing numerous other crimes. He was discharged after twelve days in the hospital because he was felt to be a danger to the other patients and that he was not suffering from a mental illness that was treatable, and, therefore under the mental health code had to be discharged.”

The Court found that these and other factors supported the jury’s finding at the punishment stage of the trial on the future dangerousness of the defendant.



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