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Oct 31, 2013 5:41 PM

Defense Grills Lead Investigator in Mireles Murder Case

CORPUS CHRISTI - The jury in the murder case against Lawrence Mireles heard testimony from the lead investigator and some emotional memories from the teenage victim's mother.

Mireles is accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend Jenna Hernandez in the head last summer to keep her from testifying against another man accused of assault.

During cross examination today, his defense team attacked the lead investigator in the case. Leo Martinez no longer works for the Aransas Pass Police Department, but he was asked why certain evidence was not collected at the scene and why Mireles was their only suspect.

He told the court evidence from the scene wasn't needed to link Mireles to the crime. "He confessed to several individuals of how he shot her exactly where he shot her where this took place. Everything was leading to one suspect," said Martinez.

It was the Corpus Christi Police Department's crime scene investigation team that collected evidence from Stedman Island when Hernandez's body was found by a fisherman.

In tearful testimony this afternoon her mother told jurors about her last memories of her daughter. She remembered seeing Mireles being physically and verbally abusive to her daughter.

The defense is expected to begin their case sometime tomorrow.

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