Posted: Dec 5, 2012 5:45 PM by Rachel Cole - email@example.com
Updated: Dec 5, 2012 6:50 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Testimony continued in the trial of Jose Gonzales III, the former Alice police officer accused of shooting his common law wife, Leslie Morin, then kidnapping their son. Leslie's daughter, Amber Gamez, 14, vividly testified about the last time she saw her mother.
"I just remember seeing them in the closet and I just hear shots that's all I hear and I'm screaming my head off, screaming, freaking out, panicking, I don't know, I don't know what's going on," Amber said. "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."
Prosecutors showed evidence of Leslie's tattered t-shirt that was soaked in her blood and covered with bullet holes marked by the medical examiner. Amber also says she'll never forget when she saw Gonzales holding that gun.
"I just look at him and I see his gun and he just walks down the hallway," she said.
Attorneys also presented photos of a .40 caliber Glock pistol they say was covered in Leslie's blood and matched casings that were found in Gonzales' truck. Amber says before the horror of that day was over. she realized her little stepbrother Dominic was nowhere to be found.
"I don't know where Dominic was so I was panicking about him," she said. She says police arrived at the home and asked her to get a picture of him along with some of her mom's belongings.
"They had told me to go back in because they needed a picture of my brother. By that time they had my mom on the floor with a cover and I had to walk over her," Amber said.
Amber says she kept calm long enough to assist officers with what they needed, she says she knew it was vital for getting Dominic back. Investigators were able to safely retrieve Dominic before his father surrendered to fellow officers at his home in Alice.
Testimony will continue Thursday, if Gonzales is found guilty, he could face life in prison.
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