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Salinas murder trial begins

January 15, 2013 • Local News

The jury trial for Harvey Salinas, who is charged with second-degree murder, began under heightened security at 5th District Court on Tuesday. Salinas was 17 when 18-year-old Arnulfo Villela Jr. was shot and killed outside a residence at 826 E. Hendricks St., July 6.

In her opening statement, Assistant District Attorney Emily Maher set the scene for the Friday night where Villela was hanging out with friends when a white Honda appeared on Hendricks. People emerged from the vehicle and asked for someone else. According to Maher, Joseph Lucero, 17, was carrying a .22 caliber, Salinas a 9 mm. and Israel Vigil, a 45 mm handgun. Words were exchanged; shots rang out; the friends ran to evade gunfire. In the end, Villela lay dead, shot seven times, and Villela’s friend was wounded.

Defense attorney, Luke A. Ragsdale countered that the autopsy revealed that Villela was shot five times with a 22 caliber, once with a 45 and one time by a bullet of unknown caliber. Ragsdale reported that the autopsy also indicated the cause of death was three .22 caliber bullets rather than by a 9 mm Login to read more

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