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Drifter's Family 'Was Tricked'

The FBI is reviewing more than 200 murders to see if any of them are the work of suspected serial killer Angel Maturino Resendez. The train-hopping Mexican drifter is suspected in a string of brutal killings in three states.

Meanwhile, as CBS Newspath Correspondent Lee Cowan reports, the family of the so-called railroad killer says they were tricked into turning him only to face a possible death penalty.

The rail-hopping fugitive who triggered one of the largest manhunts in recent history abandoned his alias and appeared anxious to acknowledge guilt - even before prosecutors accused him of a ninth slaying.

Police say Resendez has not confessed to any killings. But the 39-year-old seemed resigned Wednesday after Harris County prosecutors described a bloody killing during a bail hearing on a burglary charge.

"Can all this be done very quickly so I can say I'm guilty?" Resendez asked District Judge William Harmon, who told him no plea could be taken yet and denied bond.

For the first time, ResendezÂ' family came to visit the man they turned over to authorities - an action that may have landed Resendez on death row.

Officials filed capital murder charges against him. His lawyer now says that amounts to government betrayal. Execution, he says was never part of the deal of his surrender.

"Here you have a family who takes one of their family members and turn him over to the United States government under the condition he would be treated humanely. Now they find out the government is going to try to kill him," said defense attorney Allen Tanner.

But Resendez signed the agreement. It never mentioned the death penalty one way or the other. And Houston police dismiss suggestions that Resendez was fooled into giving up. They also say his mental capacity is fine.

Angel Maturino Resendez in police custody.
"There were no promises about the death penalty at all," said Texas Ranger Bruce Castee.

But the family disagrees.

"It wasn't his intention to be exposed to the death penalty," his brother explained. "They were supposed to treat him humanely, otherwise, you never would have caught him."

Mexico will not extradite any suspect to the United States if there is a chance they could be executed. In Texas, that option is more likely than anywhere else in the country.

"In his mind, the fact that he was surrendering, he was told he would be treated humanely, he thought that meant that they wouldn't seek the death penalty. That's what he was convinced of. That's what his family was convinced of," said Tanner.

Manuela Maturino, who brokered her brother's surrender has been traumatized by the ordeal, according to the Rev. Troy Robinson, the pastor of her church. He said Maturino, a member of the Hope Chapel Foursquare Church in Albuquerque for several years, came to him last month with a request for prayer concerning her brother's plight.

"It was a direct answer to prayer... that's been our prayer all along. A very peaceful and calm ending," Robinson said.

He added, "She's holding up, but, of course, it's a family member who is involved here."

This was the first time his family has come to visit the man they helped turn in. Now they must return to Mexico wondering if doing the right thing could also cost a family member his life.

Police say Resendez has been very talkative in custody, discussing everything from foreign policy to mathematics. And police say he doesn't like Americans.