Houston Man Receives Life Sentence for Fatal Shooting of Ex-Girlfriend’s New Boyfriend

Houston Man Receives Life Sentence for Fatal Shooting of Ex-Girlfriend’s New Boyfriend
Santos Perfecto Melendez-Granados

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg has announced that Santos Perfecto Melendez-Granados, 35, has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 45-year-old Carlos Pineda. The incident, which occurred on September 23, 2021, in a parking lot of an apartment complex, was deemed a premeditated act of violence by the jury.

According to reports, Pineda and his girlfriend were walking towards the apartment complex dumpster when they encountered Melendez-Granados in a black Toyota Tundra. Despite efforts to leave upon recognizing him, Melendez-Granados confronted Pineda and fatally shot him in the back with a shotgun before fleeing the scene.

Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and observing the black truck leaving the area shortly after the incident. Law enforcement officials responded promptly, reviewing surveillance footage and launching a search for the suspect.

After a two-day search, Melendez-Granados was located and attempted to evade arrest, ultimately being apprehended by authorities. During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence including a recorded phone conversation between Melendez-Granados and his ex-girlfriend, highlighting his motive and premeditation.

Assistant District Attorneys Andrew Figliuzzi and Erandy Marquez prosecuted the case, emphasizing the senseless nature of the crime and the pursuit of justice for the victim. Pineda, who had immigrated from El Salvador in pursuit of the American dream, tragically lost his life in the encounter.

The guilty verdict, returned by the jury, reflects the community’s commitment to justice and serves as a reminder of the consequences of such violent actions.