Home security systems salesman's murder trial set to begin

Richard Amezquita accused of killing potential customer at his front door

SAN ANTONIO – Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a salesman charged with fatally shooting a potential customer at his front door.

Richard Amezquita, 35, is on trial for the slaying of Kerry O'Toole, 53, for a November 2015 shooting that left an upscale Northside neighborhood in shock.


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According to Amezquita's attorney, there was a confrontation between the two men prior to the shooting.  He would not discuss the nature of the confrontation.

Amezquita was working in the neighborhood selling home security systems.

Noting that O'Toole had several signs in and around his front door discouraging salesmen and solicitors, neighborhood residents suggested that the confrontation may have centered on the attitude reflected in the signs.

On the day of the shooting, Kathy Knudson said, "Nobody else in the neighborhood had signs like that engraved on his door. I don't know why he was picked."

Testimony is expected to begin Tuesday in the 186th District Court with Judge Jefferson Moore presiding.


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