Suspected Drunk Driver Charged With Two Counts of Murder - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/29/06

Suspected Drunk Driver Charged With Two Counts of Murder

Lubbock County Sheriff's Dept. Lubbock County Sheriff's Dept.

Murder charges are now filed against Gabriel Gonzales. Officers believe he was drunk when he killed Jackie Little and Bryan Perry. He is accused of running a red light at 19th and Indiana Monday, hitting the couple.

We told you Monday night, he's already served prison time for three DWI convictions.  On Tuesday, Gonzales was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of murder charges.  Prosecutors are treating each death as two separate cases.

Gonzales was arrested at his home in Hockley County and brought to the Lubbock County Courthouse late Tuesday afternoon. He was wearing nothing but a pair of shoes and shorts when Justice of the Peace Judge Jim Dulin read him his charges and set his bond at one-million dollars.

The District Attorneys say they have preliminary reports on Gonzales's blood alcohol level (BAH), but would not comment on the specifics. However, they did read in a report during the arraignment his BAH was over the legal limit. That fact and his history of three DWI convictions prompted the murder charges.

"We felt like it needed to be in front of a Jury so they had the option for life instead of 2 to 20 years.  Two people lost their lives. There is nothing good in this case," said Matt Powell, Lubbock District Attorney.

Powell says this is the first time in his 11 years at the DA's office they have filed felony murder charges on a DWI case. Gonzales is at the Lubbock County Jail with a $1 million bond.

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