San Antonio man sentenced to 33 years in prison for murder of his cousin

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San Antonio man sentenced to 33 years in prison for murder of his cousin

SAN ANTONIO – A jury on Monday decided on a 33-year prison sentence for Edison Carraman, who was found guilty of the 2020 murder of his cousin, Kristopher Carraman, last week.

Edison Carraman is the first murder suspect convicted in Bexar County in 2022. Though in-person trials were suspended in January due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, this trial was allowed to continue because the jury was selected before the pause was implemented.

After the verdict was read, family members of Kristopher Carraman gave victim impact statements.

“No remorse, no sympathy, no guilt and no apologies for what you’ve done says a lot about you and your family,” said Michele Carraman, Kristopher Carraman’s mother.

Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales issued the following statement after Edison Carraman’s sentencing:

“Family disputes occur, but should never be resolved by violence. This defendant’s bad decisions have lasting effects on this entire family. This jury’s verdict does not bring back Kristopher Carraman, but I hope it brings them some peace.”

Kristopher Carraman was known by family and friends as a family man, a peacemaker, and a good soul. (Courtesy Angelica Perez) (KSAT)

San Antonio Police Investigator Kevin Dorsey took the witness stand last week and talked about how he was able to find a suspect to the murder so quickly.;

Several witnesses at the scene were able to tell responding officers who they saw shooting from a black car.

“I was able to look up the name that was given on the radio by the responding officers and that name was Edison Carraman,” Dorsey said.

During cross examination, defense attorney Raymond Martinez asked Dorsey how he was able to quickly conclude that Carraman was the shooter and if he knew for sure there wasn’t more than one person inside the vehicle where shots were fired from.

Dorsey said that family members at the scene were witnesses to the crime and one of them had not only witnessed the shooting, but also had a text message exchange with Edison Carraman, who stated he was going to the house on West Pyron Avenue.

Edison Carraman, 21, has been charged with murder. (KSAT)

A crime scene investigator also took the stand last week and showed photos of evidence collected at the scene.

Those photos included shell casings from the scene and a bullet fragment that was found inside the victim’s baseball cap.

Last Thursday, Tommy Hamilton, an SAPD detective, testified in the trial.

After responding to the shooting call on West Pyrone Avenue, he was told to go to 3131 Owasso Street where Edison Carraman lived.

There, he questioned Edison Carraman in the back of a patrol unit where he is seen telling Hamilton he did not shoot his cousin and that he had been at home.

Dr. James Feig, the Bexar County medical examiner of Kristopher Carraman’s case, testified that the 23-year-old suffered a through-and-through gunshot wound to the head.

However, the defense raised questions about who was responsible for pulling the trigger to begin with after Crystina Vachon, a forensic scientist, testified she had indeterminant findings of gunshot residue on both Edison Carraman’s clothes and hands.

“Is it possible to shoot a firearm, handle a discharged fire arm, or be in close proximity to a discharged firearm and not get gunshot residue on you?” asked the state prosecutor.

“Yes, it is,” said Vachon.


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About the Authors:

Erica Hernandez is an Emmy award-winning journalist with15 years of experience in the broadcast news business. Erica has covered a wide array of stories all over Central and South Texas. She's currently the court reporter and cohost of the podcast Texas Crime Stories.

Misael started at KSAT-TV as a photojournalist in 1987.