Opening statements begin for double murder trial - FOX34 Lubbock

Opening statements begin for double murder trial

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It was an emotional first day of testimony for the families of Jennifer Cruz and Albert Martinez. 

David Carrillo is accused of murdering them in April of 2015 at a home near 44th and Slide.

In opening statements prosecutor Laurie Beth Fosset paints the picture of a jealous ex-spouse who could not stand the sight of Cruz with another man. 

Carrillo's defense attorney Rachael Etheridge said Carrillo felt threatened by Martinez given his criminal past and his stature. Etheridge said he was acting in self defense. 

The state called a number of family members and associates to the stand. They testified to the character of Martinez and Cruz. One of the family members said the two had been dating for a couple of months after Carrillo and Cruz split. 

Prosecutors presented the jury with evidence showing Carrillo was the aggressor. They showed he went through a back window and then busted down a door into the house. 

In the 911 tape played for the jury you can hear Carrillo and Cruz arguing. He told Cruz that he is going to blast Martinez. Cruz responded, "you better not." As the recording continues she asks Carrillo "how is this worth it?" 

The next sound was four gun shots with screaming in the background. Once the gunshots finished, silence.

Emotions reached a tipping point when prosecutors showed the photos of Cruz and Martinez's bodies at the murder scene. Bailiffs had to escort Martinez's sister out of the court room after she was unable to contain her sobbing.

The state will resume its case against Carrillo Wednesday morning. If he is convicted he faces life in prison without parole.

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