Accused killer gets rare visit at police headquarters

Ezekiel Gilbert’s mom visits son during interview with cops

SAN ANTONIO - Ezekiel Gilbert, 30, facing aggravated assault charges for shooting a call girl, asked to speak with his mother as police interviewed him about the shooting.

Det. Ray Roberts, who was questioning Gilbert, granted the request.

With Roberts out of the room and the meeting being recorded, Gilbert and his mother, often speaking in whispers, seemed to be comparing notes about the shooting.

“They asked if you have guns and I said, 'Yeah, whatever' -- that big one is leaning against the wall,” she said in a voice barely audible.

At one point, she offered her son some advice.

“I was just going to advise you to be honest and tell them the truth, you know -- whatever,” she said.

Gilbert is facing murder charges in the death of Leona Frago, 23, a call girl who had visited his apartment in the pre-dawn hours of Christmas Eve 2009.

Frago was shot and critically wounded as she and her pimp drove away from Gilbert’s apartment.

Paralyzed from the neck down, she died the following summer and Gilbert was charged with murder.

The morning of the shooting, Gilbert and Frago had argued over the $150 he had paid her.

She said it was just for her time.

He said he wanted the money back since he did not get the sexual services he had expected.

If he is convicted of murder, Gilbert faces a maximum punishment of life in prison.

Testimony is scheduled to continue on Thursday in Judge Mary Roman’s 175th District Court.

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