Testimony begins in capital murder trial of accused killer of physicians assistant

Jury views dramatic police bodycam video of Jonathan Perales' arrest

SAN ANTONIO – Testimony began Tuesday in the capital murder trial of a man who is accused of killing a physician assistant in 2017.

Clayton Robinson, 51, was awakened in the predawn hours of October 10, 2017, by an intruder in his home in Universal City. That intruder, according to the indictment, was Jonathan Andrew Perales, 19.

Prosecutor Rose Zabell told the jury Robinson shouted, “Get out of my house,” as he confronted Perales outside the bedroom of his home.

“He opens the door and shots rang out,” Zabell said during opening arguments Tuesday morning in Perales’ capital murder trial.

Robinson was killed. Perales, who was shot in the chest, fled to his car and drove off.

Prosecutors said that Perales apparently became disoriented as he drove away and eventually stopped at the home of Christopher Carson, his next-door neighbor.

Unaware of the home invasion and shooting, Carson called for and police and an ambulance.

When officers arrived, Perales could be heard on the body camera video of a Universal City police officer pleading for help.

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