June 11, 2002 |
The weapon used to kill Tejano singing star Selena was destroyed under a judge's order, despite protests from historians who said it was a priceless piece of Mexican-American history. The .38-caliber Taurus revolver was sawed in pieces and thrown into Corpus Christi Bay. Selena, 23, was killed seven years ago, just as she was on the verge of crossing over to the English-language market. Yolanda Saldivar was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence.
October 27, 1995 |
A jury sentenced the killer of Tejano singing star Selena to the maximum penalty of life in prison Thursday, meaning Yolanda Saldivar will be locked up until at least 2025 before becoming eligible for parole. A cheer went up outside the courthouse from fans of the Grammy-winning singer, and car horns blared. The jury deliberated nine hours over two days before deciding among seven punishment options, ranging from probation to the life sentence.
April 1, 1995 |
Latin music sensation Selena, a 23-year-old Grammy winner who delighted audiences with her unpretentious blend of bouncy pop and tender ballads, died Friday afternoon after being shot twice at a Days Inn hotel here, allegedly by the former president of her fan club. In a bizarre standoff with police, the woman suspected of shooting Selena locked herself inside a red pickup truck in the hotel parking lot for more than nine hours, threatening to commit suicide.
March 30, 1997 |
At the beginning of this documentary about the slain tejano music star, narrator Edward James Olmos seems about to cast Selena alongside Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley as one of the "global legends who passed away prematurely." But reason prevails, and Olmos (from a script by John Lannert) instead states that even if her artistic legacy may not stand so tall, her death brought "unprecedented awareness of Latino culture in the U.S."
April 4, 1995
Selena, the queen of Tejano music, was buried in Corpus Christi next to a mesquite sapling, her grave heaped with 8,000 white roses. Selena Quintanilla Perez was shot during a meeting with Yolanda Saldivar, 32, the founder of her fan club who had become her personal assistant. Saldivar was charged with her murder. About 600 relatives, friends and music industry officials attended the funeral.
October 11, 1995 |
Attorneys selected a 12-member jury Tuesday in the trial of a woman accused of murdering Tejano singer Selena, and opening arguments are scheduled for today. Yolanda Saldivar, 35, was expected to say in her defense that she inadvertently shot Selena during a March 31 dispute in a Corpus Christi, Tex., motel. Her attorneys repeatedly asked prospective jurors if they thought a gun could fire accidentally. The jury includes four Latinos, seven whites and one black.