It shocked the world on March 31, 1995 when rising star and Latina icon Selena Quintanilla-Perez was fatally shot by a trusted team member and the former president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar. At the time of her unexpected death, the Tejano singer seemed to be living out her wildest dreams — in addition to attaining stardom at a young age and becoming one of the most popular Latina singers of the mid-90s, she was also married to her best friend and bandmate Chris Perez. Although we were unable to witness the "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" songstress at her career peak, the 1997 movie Selena starring Jennifer Lopez helped make Quintanilla and her story into an infamous pop culture legend in the United States.
Selena is finally getting the credit that she deserves in Netflix's bio-musical drama Selena: The Series. Starring The Walking Dead star Christian Serratos in the lead role of Quintanilla, the series will chronicle the Texas singer's life leading up to her death. If you're curious about what happened to Selena's murderer Yolanda Saldívar, keep reading.
Yolanda Saldivar is currently serving life in prison
After a heated confrontation with Selena Quintanilla about embezzling money from the Selena enterprises she managed, Yolanda Saldívar shot and killed the singer at a motel in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 31, 1995. While heavily bleeding, Selena managed to make it to the lobby to identify Saldívar as her shooter before collapsing, per A&E. Earlier in the month, Saldívar had been questioned by Selena's father, who reportedly told Saldívar "that I was going to go to the police and make an investigation for embezzlement," per the testimony he later gave at Saldívar's murder trial (via UPI). Per The New York Times, Saldívar put in a deposit for a firearm two days after that exchange.
After a short two-hour deliberation, the jury returned a guilty verdict for Saldívar on Oct. 23, 1995. Saldívar's defense, that she intended to commit suicide instead of murdering Selena, did not stick with the jury, and as a result she was sentenced to a maximum of life in prison. As of this post, Saldívar is currently serving her sentence in a maximum-security women's prison at Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas, per Parade.
Since her incarceration, the former fan club president has consistently appealed her conviction. In March 2019, the San Antonio Current reported that Saldívar filed a second writ of habeas corpus in the belief that her trial was unlawful. It is also reported that she accused prosecutor Carlos Valdez of withholding information. Although she is sentenced to life in prison, Saldívar is eligible for parole as early as March 2025, almost 30 years after the beloved singer's death.