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Graphic testimony temporarily delays manslaughter trial

Danny Johnson accused in death of common-law wife Ashley Izaguirre

SAN ANTONIO – When graphic photographs were shown to a jury by Deputy Bexar County Medical Examiner Dr. Kimberly Molina, the man on trial and a juror both became emotional.

Danny Johnson, 30, is on trial on manslaughter charges in the death of Ashley Izaguirre, 25, his common-law wife.

She died when Johnson lost control of his car and crashed at the intersection of Bandera Road and West Woodlawn on the night of July 4, 2012.

“Mrs. Izaguirre died as a result of blunt force injuries she sustained when she was involved in a motor vehicle collision,” Molina testified.

Johnson and a juror both began sobbing openly minutes later as Molina described Izaguirre’s injuries and showed morgue pictures taken of the woman’s face and body.

“The left lung, the liver, the spleen and the pancreas were all lacerated or torn,” Molina said. “There was bleeding around the brain, so that just tells us that there was an injury inside the head.”

Judge Ron Rangel ordered a brief recess in the trial to allow Johnson and the juror to regain their composure.

Johnson was originally charged with intoxication manslaughter but was later re-indicted on only manslaughter charges.

If he is found guilty, Johnson faces a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.

Testimony is expected to continue on Monday in Rangel’s 379th District Court.


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