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Testimony to begin in Victoria capital murder trial

By Jessica Priest
Aug. 5, 2013 at 8:05 a.m.
Updated Aug. 6, 2013 at 8:06 a.m.


Testimony will begin Tuesday in the capital murder trial of Donnell Deshaun Dilworth Jr., 23, and Dedrick Roy Bonner, 19, both of Victoria.

The men are charged with the April 24, 2012, shooting death of Jerry James III.

They also face an aggravated assault charge for shooting a witness in the leg in retaliation.

Prosecutors sought earlier this summer to summon that witness, Allaceia Stephney, remotely via the county's first-ever two-way audio/video feed. But Stephney, who is being treated for the injury in Oregon, recently received a doctor's note that cleared her to fly.

Attorneys selected a jury Monday, and 377th District Judge Robert C. Cheshire, who will preside over the case, called for a recess until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Attorneys Lee Lewis and Jerry Clark represent Dilworth and Bonner, respectively.

Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler will prosecute the case.

Capital murder is a capital felony. Tyler is not seeking the death penalty.

Aggravated assault in this case is a first-degree felony.

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