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Will jurors believe David Gomez's self-defense claim?

Gomez on trial in fatal shooting of business partner Isaac Flores

SAN ANTONIO – A jury began deliberating Monday afternoon in the murder trial of a 51-year-old man charged in the slaying of his trucking company business partner.

David Gomez doesn't deny that he killed Isaac Flores, 45, on April 7, 2015, at their North Side office in the 900 block of Bitters Road.

During an interview he had with police after the slaying, which the jury viewed, Flores said he had no choice but to open fire on his partner.

In closing arguments, Gomez' defense attorney, George Shaffer, told the jury his client called 911 after Flores told him he was coming over to quote, "end it and end him."

"And we know that occurred before Mr. Flores showed up, burst through the door, went into his office and committed an assault," Shaffer said.

But prosecutor Stephanie Franco told the jury in opening arguments that "self-defense is not a shield you get to stand behind when you commit murder."

Jurors went home for the evening and will resume deliberations Tuesday morning.

If the jury finds Gomez guilty of murder, he could face a maximum punishment of life in prison.


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