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Defense claims state did not prove case in fatal car crash trial

Prosecutors say crash was tragic crime; Antonio Flores accused of manslaughter

SAN ANTONIO – During closing arguments in the trial of Antonio Flores, 20, his lawyer insisted that prosecutors did not prove their case.

Flores was on trial facing two counts of manslaughter in the deaths of Georgina Rodriguez, 17, and Gabriella Lerma, 16, on Feb. 19, 2013.

All three were students at Brandeis High School. The girls were passengers in Flores’ car on their way to lunch when he crashed into a truck at the intersection of Hausman Road and the Loop 1604 access road.

Witnesses testified that Flores was speeding and racing with another car and driving recklessly at the time of the crash.

“They have failed to prove every single allegation they made that any of those things were done at all or were done recklessly,” defense attorney Mark Stevens said Tuesday during closing arguments.

“Because of the risks he took, two people died out there that day,” countered Assistant District Attorney Josh Somers.

“What we’re asking you to do is to give these two girls and their families justice,” Somers said as he asked for a guilty verdict.

Stevens asked for a verdict of not guilty.


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