First Day of Testimony in the ATM Murder - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/9/03

First Day of Testimony in the ATM Murder

The State spent most of the day (Tuesday) proving to the jury Joe Gonzales's involvement in the Collin Schafer was more than just driving the getaway car.

Several police investigators testified about an incident that happened 8 days after Schafer was killed. Witnesses testified seeing Joe Gonzales and his cousin, Gabriel Gonzales - convicted for killing Collin Schafer - at a house on the 5300 block of 47th Street. Those witnesses said both suspects were seen fighting with a person inside the home, and then spotted Joe Gonzales outside with a weapon firing shots inside the home.

It was that incident that led police to Joe Gonzales as a connection to the Schafer murder. Police searched Gonzales's car and found matching shell casing also found at the murder scene. Police also showed jury members of the evidence found in Gonzales's duplex. The same 9 millimeter semi-automatic rifle used to kill Schafer. Also in Gonzales's house, police found burned medical ID cards bearing the name Collin Schafer and his mother Susan Schafer.

The State plans to rest its case on Wednesday after one more testimony. The defendant, Joe Gonzales, will not testify.

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