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Clinical evidence dominates in capital murder trial

Roberto 'Tiny' Aguilar accused of kidnapping, murder

SAN ANTONIO – A forensic scientist testified Thursday that he was forced to use kidney tissue instead of blood samples to identify the DNA of Angel Salazar, 28, whose decomposed body was found in an abandoned South Flores Street apartment during the summer of 2015.

Salazar had been kidnapped, savagely beaten and then shot death, prosecutors in the capital murder trial of Roberto “Tiny” Aguilar said.

The killing was ordered by the drug cartels over a debt Salazar owed, prosecutors told the jury.

“Due to the condition of the deceased, kidney tissue was submitted to the crime laboratory in which I created a DNA profile,” Garon Foster, a forensic scientist, told the jury.

The profile matched blood found in a car, which prosecutors say was used in Salazar’s kidnapping.

When he was arrested, Aguilar told detectives that he killed Salazar. That interview was recorded and will be played for the jury when the trial resumes Friday in Judge Lorina Rummel’s 144th District Court.

Though it is a capital murder case, the state is not seeking the death penalty for Aguilar. A conviction will mean an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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