Jurors get firsthand account of deadly robbery setup

Albert Nelson shot, killed in drug deal

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SAN ANTONIO – A nervous 16-year-old was among the state’s final witnesses Friday in the capital murder trial of Joshua Joyner, 16.

“They planned to steal some drugs from Albert (Nelson),” the teen testified, as he explained how Joyner and three other teenage boys began crafting a plan on the morning of July 24, 2015. “I wasn’t close enough to hear the whole conversation. All I heard was that they were going to ‘juke’ a drug dealer. That’s the term that they had used.”

Witnesses testified earlier in the trial that Joyner and one of the other teens met Nelson in the parking lot of Elolf Elementary School that afternoon. 

When Nelson refused to let the other teen take a closer look at a 7-ounce bag of marijuana, Joyner allegedly shot him as the others waited nearby.

“We were just waiting there for, like, 10 minutes, and then we hear a gunshot,” the witness said.

The witness said he and the others panicked and ran.

“As we were running, I looked back and I see Josh with a gun in his hand pointed at the car.”

Nelson managed to drive his car to his home nearby, where he died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

If convicted of capital murder, Joyner faces an automatic 40-year prison term.

Testimony will continue on Monday in Judge Laura Parker’s 386th District Court.

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