KFOX14 - kfoxtv.com - Search Results
Family of killed EPPD police officer still waiting for closure
By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO,Texas - Tensions were high in the courtroom as a jury in the Alejandro Fierro trial began deliberating Thursday.
Fierro faces intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault charges for allegedly driving drunk and smashing into a police car, injuring one officer and killing another.
If found guilty, Fierro could face five to 99 years in prison.
The jury began deliberating around 1:30 p.m., but families appeared emotional throughout the entire day, starting with closing arguments.
"All of those clues to show that Alejandro Fierro was intoxicated and subsequently someone died. Someone died as a result," said prosecuting attorney Myrna Pages.
Once again, prosecutors displayed photos of the accident scene and showed the jury a bloody police uniform.
"This uniform represents honor, represents duty," said Pages.
That uniform belonged to Officer Karl McDonough, who died Oct. 13, 2010, at the intersection of Saul Klienfield and Zaragoza Road after he was hit by a car driven by Fierro.
Officer Ricardo Lopez was also in the police cruiser during the crash; he suffered serious injuries.
During the prosecution's closing arguments, families appeared emotional. When defense attorneys took the floor, however, they asked the jury to put their emotions aside and just focus on the facts.
"The state tried to incite your emotion, tried to get at your passion," said attorney Josh Herrera.
Defense attorney say there's no doubt Fierro committed a crime.
Blood results show Fierro had a blood-alcohol content of .13 the night of the crash.
The defense claims Fierro's drunk driving didn't cause the crash, though.
"The officer's speed was a contributing factor, a major factor," said Herrera.
Herrera reminded the jury the police car too was speeding, but there is speculation how fast.
Thursday, Officer Lopez told the jury he was only driving 37 mph. El Paso Police reconstructed the accident and said he was driving 56 mph. A private investigator ran his own tests and said Lopez was really driving 78 mph.