Attorneys Rest in Gruesome Gonzales Vehicular Manslaughter Trial


SAN ANGELO – Day three of the Antonio Gonzales vehicular manslaughter jury trial resumed Wednesday morning with witness testimony from the forensic examiner who performed the autopsy on the three teens killed in the fatal crash.

As we previously reported, Gonzales is of trial for his role in a car crash in Mar. 2021 that killed a 17-year-old, 16-year-old, and a 12-year-old.

During the third day of the trial, the forensic examiner who performed the autopsy told the jury how each of the children died. The most impactful exhibits shown were from 12-year-old Fabien Sanchez.

During the statement, the medical examiner said Sanchez died from head trauma. His brain had massive swelling and his skull was fractured in multiple places. Sanchez was airlifted to Cook Children’s Hospital in Ft. Worth. The examiner testified that a piece of his skull was removed and placed in his abdomen in case the boy survived. 

Though he had massive damage to his head, Sanchez was still recognizable. He also had other identifying features including what looked like a homemade tattoo of a money sign, a tattoo of the name Selina, and a tattoo of a broken heart with wings. That tattoo had the name Sanchez underneath the heart.

Following the testimony of examiner, the prosecution rested its case.

The defense also quickly rested its case after the defendant declined to take the stand.

Both sides began working on the jury charge and will present it to the jury along with closing arguments within the lunch hour.

If Gonzales is found guilty, the punishment phase of the trial would begin Friday.  

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