Accused call girl killer faces jury in trial

Ezekiel Gilbert claims woman took money but did not provide ‘service’


SAN ANTONIO - He said he was lonely that Christmas Eve morning in 2009 and answered a Craigsist escort service advertisement on the internet.


"I was looking for someone to come over to basically have sex,” Ezekiel Gilbert testified during his murder trial on Tuesday.

Gilbert is accused of killing Lenora Frago, 23, who worked for the escort service.

He testified that he called the escort service and asked Frago explicit questions prior to agreeing to pay her $150 for a visit to his apartment.

“'Are we going to be intimate?'” he said he asked. “'Are we going to have sex?' She said, ‘Yes, I’ll handle that.'”

But Gilbert testified that she left his apartment following a 20-minute visit without having sex with him.

He testified that as she left with her pimp, he confronted the couple.

“I said, 'I’d like my money back or we can call the police,'” Gilbert said. “He said, ‘If you want your money back, come and take it from me.’”

Gilbert said that as he turned to get his cell phone from his car to call police, the couple began to drive off. He said he fired two shots at their car from an assault rifle.

“I was trying to shoot the rear tires out on the vehicle so that I could stop them and call police and get everything squared away," he testified.

Frago was struck in the neck by a bullet fragment and was left paralyzed from the neck down. She died the following July from complications from her injuries.

During cross examination on Tuesday, Gilbert admitted that he never mentioned that he was trying to get his money back when he was interviewed by police the day of the shooting.

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