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Convicted killer testifies as his trial ends

Andres Segovia claims victim, victim's brother, fired first

It was a dramatic courtroom re-enactment of a murder for which an ex-con was convicted last week.
It was a dramatic courtroom re-enactment of a murder for which an ex-con was convicted last week.

Crouching behind a courtroom video projector, Andres Segovia showed the jury how he says he tried to avoid getting struck by shots fired by Joel Flores, 32, and Flores' brother, Eric.

"I took cover behind the truck on the passenger-side door," Segovia testified.

He said that on the night of June 8, 2012, he had gone to talk to the Flores brothers about an ongoing feud between them that began in January with a barroom brawl over a woman. But on the night of the fatal shooting, he said there was little talk and a lot of gunfire.

"The first time that I heard two or three shots … that's when I heard Joel fire back," he said. "At that point, I fired."

Joel Flores was shot twice in the head and fell, mortally wounded. Segovia fled on foot and was not captured until July.

On Friday after just an hour of deliberation, Segovia was found guilty of murder.

During Monday's punishment phase of his trial, prosecutors presented evidence of his past criminal record that included assaults, weapons and auto theft charges.

Because of that record, the minimum punishment the jury can consider is 25 years in prison. The maximum is life in prison.


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