Prosecution begins to outline its case in the Javier Sanchez murder

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Prosecutors were expected to call their first witnesses today in the capital murder trial of Alonzo Gonzalez, who is charged with the Jan. 2006 murder of Javier Sanchez.

On Monday, a jury and two alternates consisting of seven men and seven women was selected for the trial, and prosecutor Thomas Turner made his opening statement.

Gonzalez is represented by attorneys Jon Kelly and Homero Canales.

Gonzalez was arrested and served with a warrant charging him with Sanchez's murder on Feb. 10, 2006.

Sanchez's body was found in a ditch on County Road 247 near Six Bridges Road the morning of Jan. 2, 2006. Sanchez reportedly was wearing only shorts and tennis shoes, and had been shot multiple times in the head and upper torso.

A Jim Wells County grand jury returned a murder indictment against Gonzalez on March 14, 2006, and in October 2006 that murder charge was upgraded to capital murder.

Under the capital murder indictments, a guilty verdict would result in an automatic life sentence.

Gonzalez is one of four men who have been indicted in the murder.

One of those men, Alejandro Carbajal Garza Jr., was convicted of capital murder in June in connection with the case and was sentenced to life in prison.

Another man, Alfred "Casper" Gonzales, is currently facing federal weapons charges in San Antonio but has not yet been tried on the murder charge.

A fourth man, James Dennis, received immunity from the murder charge in return for his cooperation with investigators.

Alonzo Gonzalez has remained in the Jim Wells County jail since his Feb. 10, 2006 arrest.