Spencer countered. He said Briggs' argument was "pure desperation and absured." "If someone has been wrongly convicted and in prison for 18 years, isn't that important, shouldn't the public know," Spencer told Judge Medrano.

The Judge will evaluate the evidence and prepare a packet with his findings for the Court of Criminal Appeals. There is no set timeline for that, but Spencer said he hopes to have Judge Medrano's decision by early January.

Judge Medrano can either recommend Villegas case move on to the higher court or not. Either way, the Court of Criminal Appeals will review the case to determine if Villegas merits a new trial.