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Jury acquits Karnes City man in 2012 bar stabbing

September 20, 2018

KARNES CITY – Nearly everything went wrong for the prosecution in last week's murder trial at the courthouse, and jurors spent little time finding Jeffrey Reyna not guilty in the 2012 stabbing death of Jimmy Garcia. While the defense relied upon Reyna's DNA not being present on the weapon suspected as being used in the killing, prosecutors were depending on eyewitness testimony to implicate Reyna. Witnesses took the stand Wednesday, describing what they saw the night of Aug. 25, 2012, at Bartonic in Karnes City.

Various factors deliver "not guilty" verdict

Wilson County News, May 31, 2017

Attorney Stephen C. Barrera was explaining possible factors in the “not guilty” verdict in an April 24-27 jury trial of Robert Azevedo. Barrera and Attorney Brian Powers defended Azevedo against charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer, and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after a September 2015 event. Three people, including Azevedo, were injured and four vehicles damaged. Barrera told the Wilson County News in a May 24 interview that Azevedo's physical condition at the time of the 2015 event probably figured heavily in the jury's verdict.

Oklahoma fugitive in extradition fight

Wilson County News, February 18, 2015

Attorney Stephen Barrera said Feb. 13 that he will file an appeal following 218th Judicial District Judge Russell Wilson's ruling in Wilson County District Court to extradite accused sex offender Gregory Alan Saul Sr. back to Oklahoma. Saul, 69, was arrested Dec. 27, 2014, by Sgt. Thomas Silvas of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, who testified that he received a tip from Bexar County officials that Saul was hiding in Wilson County. Silvas found him staying at a home on Oak Hollow north of Floresville and allegedly using an alias.

Jury finds Janysek not guilty of aggravated assault charge

Wilson County News, August 13, 2014

Jerry Lee Janysek is not guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to an Aug. 6 jury decision delivered in Wilson County District Court. Their vote came just two days after the jury was selected. The most serious of three charges against the 49-year-old Janysek stemmed from a July 27, 2013, incident in which then-21-year-old Anthony Fish was shot with a .22 caliber rifle at Janysek's home on F.M. 541 east of Poth. Janysek's defense attorney, Stephen Barrera, said following the verdict that his client claimed he shot Fish in self-defense when the two were wrestling for the weapon and it went off.

Prosecutor clarifies Benavides verdict

Wilson County News, July 04, 2012

Benavides currently is serving the remainder of his 20-month state jail sentence following his plea of guilty to evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle. Because Benavides, 29, has been in the custody of the Wilson County Jail since his March 14, 2011, arrest, 81st Judicial District Court Judge Donna Rayes gave him credit for time served.

Judge refuses to revoke probation based on punctuation

November 8, 2010

At a hearing to determine whether to revoke the probation of Bobby Frazier, convicted of intoxication manslaughter in 2008, Judge Stella Saxon said she couldn't - because of a punctuation error.

Frazier's sentence stands

Wilson County News, October 06, 2010

Judge Stella Saxon of the 218th Judicial District has upheld her previous ruling of “shock probation” for 34-year-old Bobby Lee Frazier Sr. of Sutherland Springs. Saxon made the announcement from the bench during Frazier's Sept. 29 hearing in Wilson County District Court. Frazier was sentenced April 5 to 10 years in Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) custody. This was after he pled guilty Feb. 8 to one count of intoxication manslaughter with a deadly weapon for his role in an Oct. 19, 2008, crash on C.R. 332 north of Sutherland Springs. Killed in the crash was his passenger, Nathan Davenport, 26, of Adkins.

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