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Trial opens for police cadet charged with murder - The Galveston County Daily News: Police News

August 31, 2016

Trial opens for police cadet charged with murder

Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 10:30 pm

Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of a former Galveston police cadet accused of murder in the 2014 death of her boyfriend, which her attorney called an accidental shooting that occurred as she was defending herself.

Claudia Kristine Esquivel sat quietly Tuesday morning as Assistant District Attorney Gina Gilmore and defense attorney Greg Russell gave their opening statements. The lawyers offered jurors differing versions of both the relationship between defendant and decedent and what happened on June 16, 2014, when a gunshot wound killed Christopher Chapa, 27.

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