Juvenile spent night in jail before testifying

Christopher Maher, lice Echo-News Journal

The trial of Marie Gallegos, an Alice woman charged with murder, was brought to a halt Thursday, when a witness who had been called to appear failed to show up to testify.

Following the cross-examination of Cynthia Morales, a forensic scientist who performed DNA analysis on evidence found in the case, the state called to the stand Renee Rosas.

Rosas, who was 15 at the time of the events connected with the trial, reportedly was the driver of the vehicle in which Gallegos was riding at the time of her October 2005 arrest.

Court officials said Thursday Renee had received a subpoena to appear to testify Thursday, but she was not present when called to testify.

District Judge Richard Terrell, who is presiding over the murder trial, issued a writ of attachment Thursday for Renee, and deputies with the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department were reportedly sent to her home.

Renee was taken into custody Thursday and was brought before Judge Terrell, who ordered the deputies to keep her in custody until court resumed at 9 a.m. Friday.

Rosas was expected to be called to the stand Friday morning to testify in the trial.

Gallegos is charged with the Oct. 24, 2005 murder of an Alice man, James Brown.