Prosecution Expert: Delacruz is "Narcissistic" and Killed 5-Year-Old Girl for "Revenge"
SAN ANGELO, TX — The defense team arguing for Isidro Delacruz’s life rested just before 2 p.m. today after dueling testimonies by two medical experts, one for the defense and one in rebuttal called by the prosecution, about the Delacruz’s state of mind the night Naiya Villegas was murdered in June 2014.
Delacruz was convicted of murdering the 5-year-old on March 29. Since then, the same jury has been hearing arguments about Delacruz’s fate during the punishment phase of the trial. Will the jury sentence him to death?
Monday morning, the defense called Dr. John Fabian, a neuropsychologist, who testified that Delacruz experienced a ‘perfect storm ‘ of issues that night. Fabian said Delacruz’s heavy drinking—21 beers in earlier testimony—mixed with his depression and anger may have pushed him over the edge. He noted that Delacruz’s depression stemmed from a childhood learning disability and he developed an antisocial disorder.
The 51st District Attorney Allison Palmer would have none of it, however. Palmer called a rebuttal witness to the stand. For the prosecution, psychologist Dr. Michael Arambula testified that Delacruz was narcissistic and killed 5-year-old Naiya out of revenge.
Naiya was the daughter of Tanya Bermea. Bermea was Delacruz’s love interest who had rejected him that night.
With that, the defense rested.
Closing arguments commenced at 2 p.m. Afterwards, the judge is expected to deliver instructions to the jury for deliberations to begin in the punishment phase of the capital murder trial of Isidro Delacruz. Jurors will decide if Delacruz will be sentenced the death penalty or life in prison without parole.