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Witnesses describe 'gruesome' scene in Ruben Garcia murder trial

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The trial for Ruben Garcia, 29, who is being charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, began Tuesday at the Lubbock County courthouse. Three witnesses say it all started with a fight about where a bottle of gin was stored.

Police were called just after 2 a.m. to 2005 64th Street back on October 1, 2009.

Chad Curry, a paramedic with University Medical Center, took the stand Tuesday. He pronounced Jessica Hernandez, 28, and Rudy Vela, 28 dead at the scene and helped transport Rachael Diaz, 36 to the hospital.

Curry describes the scene as "very bloody and gruesome," as he found all three bodies surrounded in blood.

One of the witnesses, brother of Rudy Vela, and boyfriend of two years to Jessica Hernandez, Elvis Vela, says they were all celebrating their victory of a pool tournament at Tejano's Club.

An estimated 20 people then went to Rudy's home to continue the celebration.

A fight broke out between Garcia and Paul Christopher Guzman, known as "Goose." Witnesses say it stemmed from David Flores joking with Garcia, who said the bottle of gin he was inquiring about was by a bench outside, when it was near a picture frame in the room.

Three witnesses testified that Garcia choked Guzman on the pool table.

Ronnie Ramirez said he restrained Garcia and got him off of Guzman.

Guzman left and witnesses say that Garcia ran outside with house with a kitchen knife.

Elvis, Guzman's girlfriend Monica Ortega, and Hernandez left the house and drove to pick up Guzman.

When they returned, the three witnesses - Ortega, Elvis and Ramirez - all say they last saw Garcia with a knife in his hands, covered in blood, asking, "Does anyone else want to get stabbed?"

Ramirez called 9-1-1 from inside the home.

An officer, Manual Antu, was called to the scene to help locate the suspect.

Antu spotted a person who matched description of the suspect on the 6500 block of Avenue S.

Garcia was shirtless and wore black jeans. Antu said he overheard Garcia's compliant to emergency medical personnel about his injuries and mentioned someone had tried to stab him. Garcia had a two inch gash on his head and wounds on the webbed areas of his hands.

Antu noticed blood on Garcia's body and on his jeans. He confiscated 249 grams of marijuana, which was shown in a block form in court Tuesday.

Antu transported Garcia to the hospital, then to the Lubbock County holding facility.

KCBD will have more details as this trial continues.

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