SANTA ANA –– Auto Mechanic Agustin Villegas, 32, was on the 91 highway in Anaheim, going home from deal with his 13-year-old boy being in the rear seats, when a stranger in a black vehicle all of a sudden shot him in the head.
Without any suspicious summary and also just a single shell casing located at the scene, police had little evidence –– until, a prosecutor stated Wednesday, a source gave them a lead.
Trial began on Wednesday for David Arzate Cabrera, a 47-year-old that authorities claim was a cocaine dealer as well as has stated he shot Villegas due to the fact that he assumed the target had followed him around.
In his opening declaration, Elderly Deputy District Lawyer Steve McGreevy stated Villegas was repairing an auto in Anaheim with his cousin at an auto-repair shop on July 14, 2014, when he headed house for dinner at about 8 p.m.
Villegas remained in the traveler seat, with his relative driving. Each had teen children in the back seats, from college for summer, with them.
Near the 57 freeway interchange, a bullet shattered a side window and also grazed the cousin’s head prior to striking Villegas in the head.
He rapidly died.
“His son was being in the rear, feet away, helpless as his papa was eliminated right before him,” the prosecutor claimed.
Anaheim cops had just a vague description of a black vehicle.
However later on a source claimed a medication dealership called “Dave” had actually told him that he had fired somebody on the 91, McGreevy said. Authorities established up a controlled medication deal between the source and also Cabrera, that was currently the target of a drug-trafficking examination, authorities said.
After detaining Cabrera, they looked his residence in an Anaheim trailer camp as well as discovered a black Nissan in the driveway with a secret area in the center console, McGreevy said. The compartment held $15,000 in cash, 15 grams of drug, and also a Glock pistol with the same sort of ammunition used in the capturing, he stated.
When interviewed by a detective, Cabrera confessed to the shooting, stating that he believed the male had been following him around different locations that day and was aiming to rob him, McGreevy said.
Cabrera’s defense lawyer, Michael Garey, decreased to provide an opening statement on Wednesday.
If convicted, Cabrera deals with a sentence of life in jail without the possibility of parole.