American Yolanda Saldvar, a former nurse, was found guilty of killing Selena in 1995. When Selena’s family learned that Saldvar had been embezzling money from both of her organisations, they fired her from both of her roles, which she held as president of the singer’s fan club and manager of her stores.
After finding Saldvar guilty of first-degree murder, the jury sentenced him to life in prison with the chance of release three days later. On March 30, 2025, she will be eligible for parole.
Who is Yolanda Saldivar?
Saldvar was born in San Antonio, Texas, on September 19, 1960. She is one of Frank and Juanita Saldvar’s seven children.
Saldívar, a former nurse, also a fan of country music. She started phoning Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, frequently after seeing one of the singer’s shows, asking him for advice on how to start a fan club for Selena in San Antonio. After giving in to Saldvar’s demands, Quintanilla quickly assumed leadership of the club.
Saldvar later received a promotion to manager of Selena Etc, her clothes stores.
The fan club eventually grew to more than 5,000 members by 1993, having achieved 1,500 members in less than four years. One of the biggest fan clubs in the San Antonio region was formed.
Yolanda Saldivar: Selena’s Murder
Saldvar was fired in the first week of March after Selena’s family learned that she had been embezzling money from the fan club and boutiques in early 1995.
On the morning of March 31, Selena consented to meet Saldvar in Corpus Christi at a Days Inn motel to get the financial documents Saldvar had been stalling on handing over. Saldvar put off the transfer by alleging that she had been sexually assaulted in Mexico.
Selena took Saldvar to a nearby hospital where they were informed that the gynaecological examination needed to be done elsewhere because the claimed assault had taken place abroad.
Selena once more demanded the documents when they got back to the motel. Saldvar then aimed a.38 Taurus Model 85 pistol that was in her purse at the performer.
Selena attempted to run away, but Saldvar shot her in the back, cutting an artery. With Saldivar chasing after her and calling her a “bitch,” Selena, who was seriously injured, ran towards the lobby for assistance.
As the cashier dialled 911, Selena passed out on the ground. At 1:05 PM, she passed away at a hospital from blood loss.
Trials and Imprisonment of Yolanda Saldivar
Latinos in the U.S. keenly followed Saldvar’s murder trial. The trial wasn’t televised, but cameras were allowed inside. Saldvar’s lawyers successfully argued that she couldn’t have a fair trial in Selena’s hometown.
CNN stated that prosecutors planned to bring a disputed police confession signed by Saldvar in which she said she shot Selena “after a fight over the singer’s father’s accusations that Saldvar stole money from Selena’s accounts.”
The defence expects Texas Ranger Robert Garza to testify that Saldvar claimed the shooting was unintentional and objected when police didn’t include it in her statement.
The defence attorney claimed the shooting was unintentional, but the prosecution noted that Saldvar, a nurse, didn’t contact 911 or help Selena after she was shot.
Jurors found Saldvar guilty of first-degree murder on October 23, 1995.
Three days later, on October 26, she was condemned to life in jail with the chance of parole in thirty years.
On November 22, 1995, she arrived at the Gatesville Unit in Texas to be processed.
Saldvar is serving life at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas. She can be paroled in 2025.
What happens after the conviction
After the trial, the pistol that was used to kill Selena vanished. It was later discovered in a box of office supplies at Sandra Oballe’s house, a court reporter who has claimed she was unaware of the presence of the weapon.
In 2002, it was disassembled and the fragments were tossed into Corpus Christi Bay despite protests from several historical organisations.
Saldvar has requested that a petition that contests her conviction be accepted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
She asserts that the 214th District Court received the petition in 2000, but it was never forwarded to the higher court. On March 31, 2008—the 13th anniversary of Selena’s passing—she submitted her request.
Yolanda Saldivar Release Date
Yolanda is currently serving a life term in Mountain View Prison in Texas for the murder of Selena.
On March 20, 2025, Yolanda will be able to apply for parole.
According to the Public Information Officer, Yolanda’s jail job is to “hand out meal trays from a cart to other offenders in her cell block,” as RadarOnline reported in 2019.
On March 28, 2019, Yolanda reportedly requested a fresh trial, according to the outlet.
She asserted in court documents obtained by Radar that the prosecution failed to provide exculpatory material evidence—that is, evidence that is advantageous to the defendant—during the trial.
The court denied Yolanda’s request for a fresh trial.