Witness takes the stand in civil rights case against SAPD officer

Off-duty officer Robert Encina shot, killed Marquise Jones

SAN ANTONIO – Testimony continued Tuesday in a civil lawsuit alleging civil rights violations, filed by the family of Marquise Jones, a man who was killed by an off-duty San Antonio police officer.

Jones’s family alleges that his civil rights were violated and that he was unarmed the night he was killed.
The first witness took the stand Tuesday morning and was called by attorneys representing Jones.

Related: City asks independent counsel to review response to fatal 2014 officer-involved shooting

Jones was killed in February 2014 by Robert Encina.

James Brantley testified that he saw the Jones running away following a minor accident at a restaurant on Perin-Beitel Road and that he saw the shooting.

Brantley told the court that after the shooting, he heard Encina say, “You saw the gun, right?”

Brantley said he told Encina he never saw a gun.

In December 2015, a grand jury reviewed the case and declined to press charges against the officer.

Related: SAPD chief speaks publicly for first time about Marquise Jones case

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