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Man relates firsthand account of brother's slaying

Eric Flores says shooting stemmed from 'bad blood' between families

His testimony was not for the squeamish as Eric Flores told how he saw Andres Segovia shoot his brother to death outside the family's South Side apartment.
His testimony was not for the squeamish as Eric Flores told how he saw Andres Segovia shoot his brother to death outside the family's South Side apartment.

His testimony was not for the squeamish as Eric Flores told how he saw Andres Segovia, 36, shoot his brother Joel Flores, 32, to death outside the family's South Side apartment on the evening of June 8, 2012.

"He shot him (and) I saw his brains come out," Flores testified. "Everything came out of his head."

Flores said prior to the fatal shooting, Segovia stood outside the Flores family's apartment, taunting his brother.

"He's calling Joel out, cussing at him and saying a few things," he said.

Joel Flores answered Segovia's challenge to come downstairs. Both he and Segovia were armed, according to witnesses.

Segovia fired first, hitting Flores in the head with two shots, according to the victim's brother, who had followed him downstairs.

He testified that there was bad blood between the Flores family and Segovia since a bar brawl the previous January -- a fight that involved a woman, Flores testified.

Since the trial began, the jury has heard about the murder exclusively from the Flores family's perspective.

Segovia's attorney, Tony Jimenez, said he still has not decided if his client will testify when testimony shifts to their opportunity to call witnesses.

Testimony will continue on Friday in Judge Ray Olivarri's 399th District Court with prosecutors continuing to present evidence.

If he is found guilty, Segovia is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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