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Samuel Perez murder trial: Attorney talks confessions

By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- The defense attorney for a man accused of murder is hoping new evidence presented to the jury Wednesday will clear his client's name of the crime.

It was the last day of testimony in the murder trial of Samuel Perez, the man accused of killing 21-year-old Cameron Canada nearly two years ago at a house party on Bob Mitchell Drive in east El Paso on July 22, 2012.

Perez's defense attorney spent the afternoon questioning witnesses about a confession given to investigators.

"An individual came forward and advised us that another individual was claiming responsibility for the offense at hand," said Jimmy Aguirre, a former El Paso detective.

Aguirre told jurors he questioned that man and also searched his car. He said he found a knife and stains, which appeared to be blood.

The defense also called another witness to the stand -- the man who told police it was his friend who stabbed Canada. He wasn't able to provide much information because he suffers memory loss and couldn't remember the statements he provided to police.

Defense Attorney Leonard Morales still mentioned this piece of evidence though, trying to clear his client's name. But prosecuting attorney Kyle Myers had a tough comeback with a quick line of questions.

"Sometimes leads work out, sometimes they don't," said Myers.

While witnesses said the District Attorney's Office did know this information, Aguirre wasn't aware of any move to charge the suspect. Instead, prosecutors said, the investigation later led investigators to Perez.

If found guilty of murder, Perez could face five to 99 years in prison.

Both prosecuting and defense attorneys have rested. The jury will file back into the courtroom Thursday at 8:30 a.m. to hear closing arguments and then start deliberating.

 

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