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Murder suspect tells judge why he removed ankle monitor twice

SAN ANTONIO – Not as soon as however twice, a person on trial for homicide took off his GPS monitor whereas out on bond.

David Hinojosa is charged with capturing and killing Joseph Torres outdoors a Southeast Side bar in 2017.

Defense attorneys on Monday tried to have any proof of him being a flight danger not talked about in entrance of a jury. A movement was filed, and a listening to was held with out the jury current.

Hinojosa took the stand to clarify why he lower his monitor off to the judge. The first time was in May 2018, after an argument together with his girlfriend.

“She threatened to call the police, so I was thinking I was going to jail anyway. So I decided to cut the monitor rather than go at that moment,” Hinojosa stated.

After he lower his monitor, he stated he took his children on a visit to Corpus Christi after which made a visit to Houston, however after that had each intention to show himself in.

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While driving downtown together with his mother to show himself in, he was arrested at a Bill Miller restaurant.

In February 2020, Hinojosa once more took off his monitor as a result of he stated he was receiving threats.

“I was having problems over there at my mother’s as far as, like, people going by there,” Hinojosa stated. “I had reason to believe they were either friends or relatives of the deceased. So I didn’t want to be the reason why my mother or my sister received any type of harm.”

The protection legal professional argued that Hinojosa by no means meant to flee the nation and wasn’t a flight danger. That argument wasn’t sufficient.

Judge Jennifer Peña of the 290th District Court denied the movement, permitting the state to say Hinojosa as a flight danger within the trial.

The trial is anticipated to renew Tuesday morning. If discovered responsible, Hinojosa faces 5 to 99 years or life in jail.

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