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Alleged murderer writes daughter an apology letter

A Lafayette man is on trial for the murder of his wife's mother and brother in 2017.

Posted: Jan 8, 2019 6:59 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Franco Navarrete, 50, is on trial for the murder of his wife's brother, Gustavo Sanchez Campuzano and mother, Catalina Campuzano Lujano.

He's accused of shooting and killing them on Eastwich Drive in Lafayette on August 10, 2017. 

On Tuesday, the jury heard from Franco Navarrete's wife, sister-in-law, daughter and son in court.

All of them agreed, Navarrete's relationship with his wife at the time of the shooting was rocky at best.

They said he didn't like his wife's family and the couple was sleeping in separate rooms.

Days before the shooting, Navarrete sent his wife, Basilisa Sanchez, a photo of a gun he had in his room after she asked him to turn down his music.

She said that was the first time she knew he had a gun and she felt threatened.

One of the most telling pieces of evidence came from letters Navarrete wrote to his daughter, Brenda Navarrete, after the shootings.

Those letters asked for forgiveness for horrific acts he committed. He continued to beg for forgiveness in the letters but didn't specify what those horrific acts were.

The family said Navarrete was messaging his wife's brother, Sanchez Campuzano on the day of the shooting. 

The court didn't get to read or hear too much about the messages on Tuesday but his sister-in-law said they made the whole family nervous.

One of the messages told Sanchez Campuzano he could have Basilisa Sanchez as a gift. Navarrete said he could tell his wife was happy at Sanchez Campuzano's home. 

The jury also listened to a chilling 911 phone call from a neighbor who heard the gun shots and looked outside on Eastwich Drive.

Cherie Mills testified that she saw a man get into a white four-door car and drive away leaving two people shot dead on the street.

Several family members testified that Navarrete drove a white four-door car. They also said that car wasn't parked at their house at the time of the shooting and Navarrete was no where to be found either.

Other than neighbors and family, the only other person to take the stand on Tuesday was forensic pathologist Dr. Darren Wolfe.

He performed autopsies on the bodies of Sanchez Campuzano and his mother Catalina Campuzano Lujano. Wolfe said they both died of multiple gunshot wounds. Family members cried in the courtroom as Wolfe described how the bullets entered and exited their bodies. 

Navarrete didn't look at the photos projected on the screen. 

The jury trial resumes Wednesday morning. News 18 will be there to bring you the latest at noon, five and six. 

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