by SEAN KIMMONS
The family of a 19-year-old man who was shot to death outside a San Marcos home has begun its own investigation on whether the Nov. 14 shooting was justified.
Elijah Espinoza was reportedly shot as many as five times at about 3 a.m. as he tried to enter the back door of a home in the 1300 block of Belmont Drive, police say. Police described Espinoza as an intruder and no charges have been filed against the shooter.
On Tuesday, Espinoza’s mother, Nelda Jean Cuevas, filed a petition in state district court asking for permission to conduct depositions of the shooter, two women who reside at the home, a San Marcos police detective and a doctor at Central Texas Autopsy.
“He was a teenager who was unarmed and not equipped to commit a burglary,” said attorney Chevo Pastrano, who represents Cuevas. The family has also hired a private investigator, Claude Bookout of Austin.Email | Print