Posted: Apr 2, 2013 6:36 PM by Jessica Holley- email@example.com
Updated: Apr 2, 2013 6:48 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Tabatha Elliot has decided to enter a guilty plea for failing to stop and render aid to Gilbert Reyna after she hit him along Interstate 37 last May. There's no word on what kind of punishment Elliot faces on that charge.
Her trial continues this afternoon on the remaining charges of tampering with evidence and manslaughter. This afternoon Elliot was seen praying and wiping away tears as the defense presented their case.
"She she had done something bad and but there is no proof of anything," says Elliot's former cellmate Vivian Sanchez.
This is what Tabatha Elliott's former cell mate Vivian Sanchez told jurors Tuesday about conversations the two women shared while in the Nueces County Jail last summer.
"She knew what she did was wrong. She should have come back," says Sanchez.
According to Sanchez, Elliot says she was "feeling good" the night she drove home after having two beers and two shots at a night club last summer.
"She did not want to stop because I asked her myself, not only me but seven other girls asked her why didn't you stop," says Sanchez.
She blames 39 year old Gilbert Reyna for the accident.
"She saw him, he didn't move out of the way in time she claimed that it was his fault," says Sanchez.
And despite Elliot's friend telling her to go back, Sanchez told the jury Elliot was too drunk to go back according to her conversation Sanchez had with Elliot.
"She says I was too drunk to go back . I'm not going to go back. You think I am going to go back and get a arrested? No," says Sanchez.
Elliot continues to tell her cellmate, instead of going back, she took her car to a garage to clean off the blood and fix the broken window, which is why she facing one charge of tampering with evidence.
"She took the car to a garage and got Clorox and water and scrubbed her whole entire car to take the blood off her car," says Sanchez.
When Sanchez asked why she did all this she replied it was because she was afraid, but still blames Reyna for being too close to the road.
"That that man shouldn't have been walking at that hour and been on the feeder that's what she said," says Sanchez.
Defense Attorney Ira Miller spent the afternoon auguring about the width of the shoulder of the road where Reyna and his brother were walking. The investigator found that the shoulder was not the same width and it varied from 43 inches to 53 inches.
Jury deliberations, are expected to start sometime Wednesday.
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