Day 7 – Defense Attorney Questions Items Within Safe

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The capital murder trial involving a former border agent continues into day 7.

This is a trial in which a former border agent was allegedly involved in drugs, organized criminal activity and even the decapitation of a Honduran man in 2015.

This morning the defense questions the items in the safe.

Former Border Agent Joel Luna’s Attorney Carlos Garcia, questions the individual items found within a safe one item at a time.

This is the safe that was found in the agent’s mother-in-law’s home.

In there, authorities found drugs, weapons, and money. This safe, the prosecution argues, may correlate Joel Luna to the decapitation of Honduran Man, Jose Francisco Palacios Paz.

In particular, Garcia interrogates Texas Ranger Patrick O’Connor about some of the items confirmed to belong to Joel Luna, most of which were dated items inside a folder and a Border Patrol Badge.

That is because not all times in the safe belong to or were handled by the accused.

The defense argues that these items were small enough to be carried by one individual, and could have been placed inside the safe by anyone, not just Joel Luna.

Also this morning, Defense Attorney Carlos Garcia, remarks on how investigators can make mistakes.

He brings into the spotlight a mistake made by Ranger O’Connor with phone search warrants.

The defense claims two warrants were issued to one phone number because the Ranger filed an incorrect phone digit the first time.

He suggests mistakes could have happened at some point during the investigations.

The trial is ongoing.

This afternoon reports surface of replacement in the Jury.

The replacement is believed to be due to illness.

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