Guilty verdict in slaying of 'drunken bully'

Matthew Winkleman shot to death during disturbance

SAN ANTONIO – Matthew Winkleman may have been a drunken bully, but he didn’t deserve to be killed, prosecutors told the jury during closing arguments in the murder trial of Alberto Delatorre.

Winkleman, 30, was shot to death in the parking lot of a Northeast side apartment complex on the night of Feb. 12, 2015.

Delatorre’s lawyer admitted that his client shot Winkleman to death.

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“Is this a case of self-defense?” defense attorney Mike Sawyer asked before answering his own question. “You bet.”

He said that Winkleman, who both the defense and prosecutors agreed was a drunken bully, had made inappropriate advances toward Delatorre’s girlfriend and was approaching his client in an angry, threatening manner.

“Alberto pulls out a gun, advances to where Matthew is, and decides to shoot him as he is running away,” prosecutor Ryan Wright argued. “That’s not self-defense.”

Winkleman was shot in the back three times.

Delatorre is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The punishment phase of his trial is expected to resume Friday before Judge Laura Parker in Felony Impact Court.

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