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Witness testifies party-goers started shootout

By Gheni_Platenburg
May 27, 2011 at 12:27 a.m.
Updated May 28, 2011 at 12:28 a.m.

John Anthony Trevino

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DEFENSE ATTORNEYS:

Trevino is represented by James R. Beeler.

Lamas is represented by Alex Luna.

PROSECUTOR:

Victoria County District Attorney Steve Tyler

PRESIDING JUDGE:

District Judge Stephen Williams

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The first round shot the night Timothy "Tim" Hunt was killed came from one of Hunt's fellow party-goers, a co-defendant said during the fourth day of the murder trial of John Anthony Trevino and Gilbert Lamas.

Trevino, 33, also known as "Chuke" and Lamas, 32, also known as "Kilo G.," both of Victoria, are charged with murder and engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with the June 2002 shooting death of Hunt, 22, of Victoria.

On June 8, 2002, Hunt was shot while standing outside his family's home at 212 Ekstrum St.

Ramiro "Eddie" Salas, 28, who began testifying on Thursday, said Friday that he along with Oscar Ramirez, Trevino and Jeff Roach, all members of the Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos street gang, did a dry run past Fred Valdez's house before the actual shooting, during which time they saw a group of people gathered outside.

Despite not seeing Fred Valdez, a blacklisted HPL member who was the intended target, during the dry-run, the men returned to Valdez's house in a blue Chevrolet Lumina with weapons that had been issued by Lamas.

As the men pulled in front of the house's driveway, Salas testified, the people at the party began running to the side of the house and then someone from the party began shooting toward the Lumina.

"John started shooting back," said Salas, who testified that he never shot his weapon.

Salas told jurors his crew would have shot at party-goers regardless of whether someone from the party had fired the first shot.

"We were ordered to kill Fred," said Salas.

When defense attorney Alex Luna, who represents Lamas, asked Salas whether he was remorseful about the shooting, Salas replied, "He shot him, not me," while pointing to Trevino. "I was there, but I didn't shoot. I participated by being there."

The co-defendant went on to tell jurors that he and Lamas were the ones who took the Lumina to Telferner to get repaired a window that had been shattered during the shooting.

Salas has a plea deal on the table with the Victoria County District's Attorney's Office for his involvement in the Hunt case.

In exchange for his testimony, Salas will receive a 15-year sentence for engaging in organized criminal activity, which will run concurrently with his 20-year sentences for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, stemming from the shooting of Joey Sanchez; and engaging in organized criminal activity, stemming from his attendance at an HPL meeting that led to the 2003 shooting of 6-year-old Robert Conchola.

During the trial, Elizabeth Peacock, Travis County deputy medical examiner, testified that Hunt died of a gunshot wound to the chest that penetrated his lungs and aorta.

In addition to having traces of marijuana and cocaine in his urine, Peacock said, Hunt's body also showed signs of both heart and lung disease.

The trial is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

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