Prosecutors rested their case Thursday in the murder trial of David Rodriguez, 31, who is accused of causing a traffic wreck that killed two young brothers.

Wesley Maspero, 1, and his 3-year-old brother Walter were killed when the family station wagon was struck nearly head-on by an SUV Rodriguez was driving.

Prosecutors say Rodriguez was fleeing from police and driving at a high rate of speed when he crashed into the station wagon on the I-35 South access road at Shepherd Road. He was going the wrong way on the access road.

Police had just spotted Rodriguez leaving a South Bexar County drug house with 400 pounds of marijuana and were trying to stop him.

The final prosecution witness was Dr. Rajesh Kannan, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on the children (pictured below).

“My opinion is that Wesley Maspero died of multiple blunt force trauma,” Kannan testified.

Kannan said the child suffered massive head injuries.

Rodriguez’ lawyer Ted Wood said in his opening statement Tuesday that the wreck caused by the police pursuit.

He plans to call an accident reconstruction expert to testify on Friday who he claims will support that theory.

If he is convicted Rodriguez is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Rodriguez  is still facing murder charges in the death of Walter Maspero, as well as federal drug charges.


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