Normally, prosecutors use crime scene photographs as evidence during a trial. But not this time.
The jury in the felony murder trial of Christopher Lamar was escorted from the courtroom to the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center parking lot Wednesday afternoon.
The mangled wreckage of two vehicles involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 10 and West Avenue was there for the jury to see first-hand.
It was part of the state’s evidence in Lamar’s trial.
Jessica Rodriguez, 28, and her 10-year-old daughter, Kaylee Flores, were killed when Lamar’s SUV slammed into the rear of Rodriguez’ parked sedan.
She was stranded on the expressway breakdown lane with a flat tire.
“Nothing is the same no more. Nobody’s the same,” said Joe Flores, the father of Kaylee Flores.
Flores and other family members, who were in court for Lamar’s trial, joined the jury, the judge and Lamar for the trip outside the courtroom.
“I was going to have to see it eventually,” Flores said. “I’ve been avoiding it for a whole year.”
Prosecutors have charged Lamar with felony murder instead of intoxication manslaughter.
This was Lamar’s third DWI, which is a felony.
Felony murder -- the charge for which Lamar is on trial -- is committed “when a person is unintentionally killed in the course of committing another felony."
The maximum punishment for felony murder is life in prison.
Testimony is expected to continue on Thursday in Judge Melisa Skinner’s 2909th District Court.