Accused killer delays trial, refuses transport from jail
Clarence Wright accused of murder in suspected drug deal
SAN ANTONIO – For the second day in a row, the murder trial of Clarence Wright, 23, was delayed for over an hour. He refused to get dressed in civilian clothes or cooperate with deputies Tuesday in his transfer from the jail to the courthouse, where he is being tried for the slaying of Jeremiah Gomez.
“For the duration of the trial, every day, you’re going to be forcibly dressed and forcibly transported over here," District Judge Jefferson Moore said as he admonished Wright for causing the delay.
During opening statements, prosecutor Kim Gonzalez told the jury, “Almost immediately after Jeremiah answers the door, he is shot right behind the ear.”
She explained that Wright and his girlfriend, Amy Garcia, had gone to Gomez's apartment on the night of Oct. 19, 2013. The shooting was apparently the result of a drug deal that did not go as planned.
After allegedly shooting Gomez, 35, his girlfriend told police that Wright saw her in the apartment.
Officer Gordon Diehl told the jury what Gomez’s girlfriend told him.
“When he noticed her, he pointed the gun at her and she told him, ‘You better not do that,’ and he fired one round, missing her,” Diehl said. “Then the defendant and his girlfriend fled.”
The couple were arrested a few blocks away after police found them hiding behind a home.
Garcia has already plead guilty to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with Gomez’s murder and is awaiting sentencing. She is expected to testify against Wright later this week.
If he is convicted, Wright is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Testimony will continue on Wednesday in Judge Moore’s 186th District Court.
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