Man accused of killing DPS Trooper has pre-trial postponed to August

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Victor Godinez arraignment at the 389th District Court Monday October 7 (Source: KVEO)

EDINBURG, Texas (KVEO) — On Monday the man accused of killing a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper appeared before a judge.

Victor Godinez went before Judge Letty Lopez of the 389th District court. While there, Godinez was given a 45-day continuance due to his attorney saying “a lot of the things that we are anticipating and asking the court to consider are not prepared yet.”

The judge also took into consideration the pandemic and social distancing. Saying the maximum amount of people allowed into the auditorium would be 80. Due to the magnitude of the case, a larger potential jury pool would be needed.

Godinez is schedule for another pre-trial appearance on Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.

Suspect charged for shooting DPS trooper

Victor Godinez (Credit: Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Public Records)

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled in the 389th District Court to discuss how the state would move forward with Victor Godinez, who is accused of shooting DPS Trooper Moises Sanchez in 2019.

Sanchez later died from injuries in the shooting.

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In April 2019, Trooper Sanchez responded to the scene of an accident in Edinburg. Godinez fled the scene of the crash and Sanchez pursued.

 Godinez shot at Sanchez and two other officers before he was taken into custody.

In January 2021, the trial was delayed on a states motion for new discovery of an expert witness.

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In April 2021, the pre-trial was delayed to June 7.

There is still no decision if Victor Godinez will receive the death penalty.

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