Posted: Apr 11, 2013 10:36 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
Updated: Apr 11, 2013 11:12 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Tonight, the family of Jasmen Evans told said a grand jury got it all wrong by not indicting the man who admitted to killing him, but claims it was in self defense. 19-year-old Luis Saldivar will not face murder charges in connection with the fatal stabbing that took Jasmen Evans' life in October.
"He was brutally murdered and they ain't gonna do nothin'," said Evans' mother Cordelia when she heard the grand jury's decision.
The loss of a child is something no parent should have to go through but, for Cordelia Evans, the loss of her only child has become a reality; a reality that's been just as hard to deal with for the rest of the family.
Cordelia's sister Vanessa Wharton said, "just to hear the pain in my sister's voice; just to hear the pain in a mother that lost her only child."
Jasmen, who's friends called Jazz had been stabbed him multiple times that night. His aunt who tried to revive him says he had stab wounds in his cheek, his neck and his back. The arrest affidavit says Luis Saldivar Jr. admitted that he cleaned the blood-stained BMW at a car wash near his home. It goes on to say, however, that he claimed "self defense" when police questioned him about the fatal stabbing.
Wharton said, "and then you go home and you sleep like a baby until the cops come and get you next door... with no conscience; that's not self defense."
Family said Jazz was basketball-loving 24-year-old who served in the military. They say he was a kind, intelligent young man who made everybody laugh.
The frustrations of seeing a man they believe to be guilty walk free only pushes his family to fight for the justice they think Jazz deserves.
"My sister lost her only child," Wharton said, "and you think we're going to let it go like this? It's not going to happen."
A 16-year old boy is also facing other charges in connection with this case.
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