Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:32 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Closing arguments are set for this afternoon in the capital murder trial of former Alice police officer Jose Gonzales III. Prosecutors say he shot his common-law wife, Leslie Morin, and then kidnapped their son from a family home in December 2011.
Gonzales took the stand in his own defense this morning. He told the court that Morin was trying to take his son, who he described as his "best friend."
He also claims, I don't remember anything, I just remember flashes."
Yesterday, Morin's daughter testified about her last moments with her mother. "I went back into the closet where mom was and I go 'mom' and she like moves, she moves and I'm like 'mom get up, mom' and all she does is move once and I look at her face and I see the blood."
Gonzales later released his son during a standoff with fellow officers at his home in Alice the same day as the murder.
If convicted of capital murder, Gonzales faces life in prison.
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