Last of Evidence Presented in Capital Murder Trial of Suspects Accused of Killing Agent

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Things got heated in the court room when the defense brought in a witness who was not allowed to give legal advice to Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval, one of the suspects accused of killing off-duty border patrol agent Javier Vega Jr.

Angie Garcia, who works with the Willacy County Public Defender, receives a list of jail inmates and reviews who needs to be contacted. 

On August 4, 2014, the day after the shooting, Sandoval was on her list, but she was denied access to him.

Prosecutor Charles Mattingly argued that it is not proper for someone who is not a licensed attorney to give legal advice, and that Garcia could not represent both Sandoval and Ismael Hernandez Vallejo.

Also called back to testify was Texas Ranger Patrick O’Connor, the lead investigator.

The defense argued against the way the Rangers conducted the video interview with Sandoval, due to not allowing him to sleep, call his family, stop the interview and failure to report Sandoval’s accusations that he was struck by arresting officers.

The state and the defense are expected to give their closing arguments tomorrow. 

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