Posted: Dec 6, 2012 5:57 PM by Rachel Cole - email@example.com
Updated: Dec 6, 2012 10:54 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Jose Gonzales, the former Alice police officer was found guilty of capital murder Thursday afternoon. Prior to the Gonzales took the stand in his own defense. He told the court he doesn't remember many of the details from that day in December of last year when Leslie Morin, 31, was shot to death.
"A lot of those details I can't recall," Gonzales said.
Gonzales says he remembers making several phone calls to Leslie the night before the shooting but he says Leslie's mother, Dianna, wouldn't let her talk to him but had a few words of her own.
"If I wanted to kill myself, to do it," Gonzales said.
Gonzales says that's what set him off and put him on the road to Annaville, where he describes how he was trying to get inside the home.
"I started banging, I remember that I was banging on the side of the wall of the mobile home," Gonzales said.
After going through Leslie's smart phone, Gonzales says he found numerous messages between Leslie and other men including another officer with the Freer Police Department.
"I was trying to talk to her, only thing I remember saying is, you know, why was the cheating and all I remember was flashes, several flashes," Gonzales testified.
Gonzales' attorneys say the conversations are at the base of this incident and why this happened. They enter some of the Facebook messages into evidence.
"After the holidays let's run away together."
"Wish I could be there with you, with a sad face."
Those are just some of the messages presented to the jury to help with Gonzales defense. However, Gonzales testified that Leslie was not only cheating on him but also trying to get full custody of their son Dominic.
"She was going to get Leslie to get an attorney and take away my son," Gonzales said.
Prosecutors turned the jurors right back to the rest of the elements of this case. The bloody t-shirt riddle with bullet holes that Leslie was wearing, the broken door that Gonzales testified to banging on and the casings and pistol found at his home in Alice.
"You admit that you shot Leslie Morin?" Prosecutors asked.
"The evidence points that way, yes," Gonzales responded.
Gonzales was found guilty as charged for the intentional murder of Leslie Morin, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars for that charge and is facing further punishment for count two, burglary of habitation with intent to commit aggravated assault.
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