Man found guilty of 2015 execution-style murder
Jury rejects claim he was rescuing daughter
SAN ANTONIO – Just before noon Friday, the jury ended deliberations that began on Thursday with a guilty verdict in the murder trial of William Boyd Porter.
Porter was convicted of killing Trayvouns Edwards in what prosecutors labeled “an assassination.”
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Security camera video from a Goliad Road gas station where the shooting occurred showed Porter shooting Edwards in the back of the head at point blank range.
Porter testified that he shot Edwards to protect his daughter. She claimed the Edwards held her captive for 4 days after luring her to an apartment with a promise of drugs.
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“The video was pretty critical,” defense attorney Edward Bravenec said following the verdict. “When you look at it the video looks pretty bad, no question.”
But he insisted that his client was justified in pulling the trigger.
“He did what is a natural thing for us as humans to do, which is to defend our family,” Bravenec said.
The punishment phase of Porter’s trial begins on Tuesday in Judge Jefferson Moore’s 186th District Court.
He is facing a maximum of life in prison, which prosecutors say they will ask the jury to assess.
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