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Daughter Testifies About Lost Flame in Murder-For-Hire Case

February 25, 1994 GMT

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ The first set of photos passed to the jury showed Joey Fischer and Cristina Cisneros smiling in their prom dance formals. The second showed Joey’s corpse, bleeding from gunshots to the head and chest.

Prosecutors say Cristina’s mother was so angry over Joey’s breakup with her daughter that she hired hit men to kill the 18-year-old honor student.

Dora Garcia Cisneros, 56, and an alleged middleman named Daniel Garza could be sentenced to death if convicted of murder and conspiracy charges.

Witnesses testified Thursday that Cristina, 17, and her mother seemed obsessed before the murder last March 3, repeatedly calling Joey’s family to demand explanations about the breakup.

The victim’s sister, Kathy, said Cristina told her during a two-hour phone call that she wanted to hurt Joey.

And a secretary at their high school, Maria Tamayo, testified that Cristina cried and said ″I wished it but I didn’t mean it″ after learning of her ex- boyfriend’s death.

Cristina, who is not charged, testified that she didn’t remember making either statement. ″I trust my mom,″ she volunteered, smiling quickly in her mother’s direction.

Prosecutors allege Mrs. Cisneros asked a fortuneteller named Maria Mercedes Martinez to find someone to kill the teen-ager. Garza, 43, another client of Mrs. Martinez, allegedly hired two Mexican men to do the job for about $3,000.

One is at large; the other is jailed in Mexico, and prosecutors have little hope he will be extradited.