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Jurors see graphic photos of late EPPD officer
By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- Prosecutors gave the jury a close look at an El Paso police officer's death in the trial for a man accused of driving drunk, running a red light and crashing into a police car.
Officer Karl McDonough was killed in that crash back on Oct.13, 2010.
Tuesday, the doctor who performed McDonough's autopsy testified, using very graphic photos. The pictures showed large bruises to McDonough's legs, gashes to his head, a fractured skull, a torn lung and tissue torn around his heart.
"It could cause immediate death," said medical examiner Dr. Juan Contin.
While photos were projected on the screen, jurors eyes remained glued. McDonough's wife and family, however, sat in the courtroom looking away with tears in their eyes.
According to prosecutors, Alejandro Fierro, who was 19 at the time of the crash, is responsible. Prosecutors said Fierro was driving drunk around 60 mph. Police say that's 30 mph over the speed limit. Evidence suggests Fierro didn't attempt to slow down before running a red light at the intersection of Saul Klienfield and Zaragoza Road, hitting a police car.
Inside the police car was McDonough and his co-worker Ricardo Lopez.
Lopez's wife testified Tuesday, telling the jury her husband's life will never be the same.
"I see a difference in his speech and his thinking. He would forget things," said Rosa Lopez.
She told the jury her husband still has a hard time walking, claiming his knees are constantly going out.
"He falls," said Lopez.
Lopez also said her husband now wears a hearing aid because of injuries caused by the crash.
Police arrested and charged Fierro with intoxicated manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault. If convicted, he faces five to 99 years in prison.