Man serving life in prison for 1982 Lake Waco slayings dies


WACO, Texas (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty for his role in the stabbing deaths of three teens at Lake Waco in 1982 has died.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark tells the Waco Tribune-Herald that 57-year-old Anthony Melendez died Friday in prison hospice.

Melendez was serving life in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of murder.

Authorities have said 17-year-old Jill Montgomery and two friends were killed because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Prosecutors said a man hired David Spence to kill a girl but he mistook Montgomery for that girl. According to trial testimony, Melendez and his brother helped Spence carry out the killings.

Gilbert Melendez died in 1998 while serving a life sentence. Spence was executed in 1997.

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