Incriminating text messages from defendant’s phone revealed during capital murder trial

Closing arguments could be heard on Wednesday

SAN ANTONIO – Incriminating text messages were read aloud to the jury on Tuesday in the capital murder trial of Jimmy Tran.

Tran is accused of the 2019 robbery and murder of 22-year-old Andres Salinas behind a Northeast Side Wingstop.

San Antonio Police Department Digital Forensic Detective Justin Knox brought his extraction report of Tran’s cell phone.

The prosecution focused a lot of Knox’s testimony on the text messages that were sent from Tran’s phone.

The messages were sent and received in the hours after Salinas was killed on Aug. 12, 2019, and in the days that followed.

Here are a few of the messages presented to the jury:

  • “Babe some shit went down, do you know where I can get a rack.”
  • “I need to gtfo of San Antonio.”
  • “Anybody trying to cop that AR for six bills.”
  • “Babe I made the news.”
  • “Dog I got in a crazy shooting earlier I need to lay low.”
  • “Take the information you got today to your grave.”
  • “Hey gm my friend I need you to do me a favor later on today. Can you please set an alarm for 10 am today so I can drop the 223 off and I’ll pick it back up later. Thank you and be aware it has gained one body so please be very careful with it thank you.”

The weapons used in the crime were never recovered.

The trial is now on its sixth day and closing arguments could be heard on Wednesday.

Tran, if found guilty of capital murder, is facing up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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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.

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