Brian Omar Hyde, 22, an undocumented immigrant, was found guilty in April of murdering four members of his family, including his 37-year-old aunt Dorla Pitts, 17-year-old cousin Starlette Pitts and 19-year-old Michael Kelly.
The fourth count was for the unborn child of Starlette Pitts.
The attacks occurred on Aug. 11, 2015.
State experts had testified that a rape kit confirmed that Hyde’s semen was inside his cousin’s body and that his DNA was on her body. They also testified that Hyde’s shoes were stained in numerous places with the blood of all three victims.
During the trial, Hyde took the stand and claimed he could remember nothing from the day the victims were hacked to death in the home Dorla and Starlette Pitts shared with Hyde.
Hyde, who came into the United States in Feb. 2015 after crossing the Mexican border to Texas, claimed the only thing he could remember was driving a vehicle he didn’t have permission to drive as he crashed it into a picket fence at a park. Police believe Hyde was fleeing the crime scene. He was carrying one of the victims’ personal belongings.
He also testified about the trauma he sustained in Belize where many of his family members were killed.
Hyde was re-tried after his first trial in November was declared a mistrial.