FORT WORTH - Samuel Arren Ferralez, 36, was sentenced to 99 years in prison for fatally shooting his girlfriend in the garage of her home last year.
Jurors deliberated for 30 minutes before convicting Ferralez of murder in the death of Stephenie Caddy-Aqqad.
On May 29, 2011, Ferralez shot Caddy-Aqqad in the back in the garage as the man's three children played video games inside the house. He then tossed a .38-caliber handgun and bullets over the backyard fence. Ferralez told investigators Caddy-Aqqad was killed by an unknown man who had followed her home from the pharmacy, and had no explanation for how the gun and ammunition wound up behind the home.
During the trial, Ferralez testified that he arrived home and found Caddy-Aqqad with another man in the garage, grabbed the gun from his car, and struggled over the gun with the other man before accidentally shooting Caddy-Aqqad in the back.
“I’ve never prosecuted a defendant whose story on the witness stand was so dramatically different from the story he had told police” said Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Tim Bednarz. “We’re pleased that the jury was able to see Ferralez for what he is: a liar and a killer. We’re happy justice was done, not only for Stephenie, but also for her three children and the rest of her family.”
Caddy-Aqqad's three children were with their father in Galveston when the murder occurred.