Closing arguments set in accused drunken driver's murder trial

Jury hears of William Rhomer's previous drunked-driving convictions

SAN ANTONIO – Before resting their case Thursday prosecutors introduced records showing that William Rhomer, 43, had two previous drunken-driving convictions.

He is on trial for murder in the death of Gilbert Chavez on the night of May 2, 2012.

Driving in the wrong lane, as he left a bar on Nakoma Street according to testimony, Rhomer crashed head-on into Chavez’ motorcycle.

Because of his previous convictions, charges against Rhomer were upgraded from intoxication manslaughter to murder.

Prosecutors rested their case just before noon. The defense called just one witness, private investigator Charlie Parker. He suggested that poor lighting in the area could have been a factor in the fatal crash.

“When you leave the club and head up it’s all dark,” Parker testified as he showed pictures he’d taken during his investigation.

Prosecutors countered with crime scene video and pictures showing a street lamp illuminating the scene.

“They’re on, they’re off, everybody knows that,” Parker said. “I can’t guarantee that light was on.”

Closing arguments and jury deliberations are set for Friday morning in Judge Melisa Skinner’s 290th District Court.

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

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