San Antonio, Texas, June 17, 2016: Yesterday, a Bexar County jury in the 187th District Court took just 20 minutes to sentence Robert Carlos Delcid, age 37, to life in prison. Earlier that day, jurors found Delcid guilty of Murder.
On July 2, 2014, Jimmy O’Neill was working as a Papa John’s Pizza delivery driver, delivering a pizza to a customer at the DeZavala Oaks Apartments on De Zavala Road. Jimmy left his car running for the few minutes he ran up to deliver the pizza. As Jimmy interacted with his customer, he noticed a suspicious man near his car and finished the transaction quickly to get back to his car. The last words he said was “Thank you ma’am, have a nice day.” As he started running towards his car, the defendant, later identified as Robert Carlos Delcid, got in the car and started driving away. Jimmy caught up to the moving vehicle and tried to stop the defendant from taking it. It is unclear how, but somehow, Delcid turned the wheel of the car crushing Jimmy in between his own car and another parked car, and the defendant drove away.
During the trial, evidence was presented that after Delcid took the car, he drove to Arbor Street, where a witness saw him attempting to get rid of the Papa John’s sign on the car. Detectives were called to a business on Arbor Street where an employee spotted Jimmy’s personal things inside a Papa John’s Pizza bag stuffed in a trash can. Later, Jimmy’s abandoned car was recovered in South San Antonio and crime scene investigators were able to recover the defendant’s fingerprint from a stolen license plate on the car, and the defendant’s DNA was found on a Whataburger cup located inside the car. Delcid was apprehended and arrested.
Additionally, jurors heard evidence in punishment that Delcid was on probation for theft of vehicle when he committed the murder, and that he had thrown rocks at two college students who were trying to help the defendant’s girlfriend get away from him after an argument, hitting one of them with a rock in the head, requiring stitches. The jury took 40 minutes to convict the defendant of murder and 20 minutes to sentence the defendant to life in prison. Murder is a first degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Assistant District Attorneys Jason Goss and Michael De Leon from the Criminal Trial Division prosecuted the case against Delcid in the 187th District Court.