Posted: Nov 7, 2012 5:29 PM by Caroline Flores - email@example.com
Updated: Nov 7, 2012 6:44 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Mark Anthony Guerra the man accused of murdering his 3-month-old son made an appearance in court today hoping for a bond reduction. While that reduction was denied, his family says they are standing by his innocence.
Guerra is charged with capital murder and as he walked into the Jim Wells County Courthouse I asked, "What happened the day your son was taken to the hospital? Why didn't you call 911? Did you kill your son?" Guerra didn't say a word.
Officials believe baby Julian's death was caused by abuse. The child had several injuries including two broken arms, a broken leg, cracked ribs, a broken collar bone and a fractured skull.
Even though Guerra didn't say anything, his family did.
When his mother, Reyna Gonzalez, was asked if she thought her son could kill Julian she said, "no."
"And my brother has taken care of my kids. He's been around all of my nieces and nephews. He's had his kids. He never laid a finger and not even to yell or be mad. But yet to do something like that to a baby? No. That's not my brother," said Guerra sister Roxanne Cuellar.
Guerra's family says while he does have a violent past they don't believe he could hurt a small child like the police say he did.
"He is what he is. He's a known gang member he's done what he's done. He's... He... You know. But when it comes to children, he just doesn't have it in him," said his cousin Mari Chapa.
The family believes Guerra is innocent and didn't harm his son in any way. They say they will stand by his side no matter what happens. Guerra is set to go to trial at the end of this month.
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