Trial begins for accused Christmas Day killer

William Boyd Porter on trial in shooting death of Trayvouns Edwards in 2015

SAN ANTONIO – Attorneys for accused killer William Boyd Porter admit that their client shot and killed Trayvouns Edwards on Christmas night 2015.

"There's no question my client did kill someone," defense attorney Edward Bravenec said after a jury was selected Monday.

But Bravenec said the fatal shot was justified. 

He said Porter was rescuing his 18-year-old daughter when he confronted Edwards at a Southeast Side gas station. 

Bravenec said the shot was fired "in defense of a third party."

He said that Porter's daughter had been lured by Edwards three days earlier to a home with the promise of drugs. 

"Once there, there is no marijuana, and he starts to beat the daylights out of her," Bravenec said. "He won't let her leave and sexually assaults her. It's pretty bad."

Prosecutors said they plan to show security camera video from the gas station that challenges the defense attorney's claims.

Opening arguments are set to begin Tuesday morning in Judge Jefferson Moore's 186th District Court.  

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