BREAKING: Jury concludes Varela guilty on all charges

Court in recess until 1 p.m. for the punishment, penalty and sentencing phase
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Christopher Varela

VICTORIA, Texas – On Friday, Dec. 3, at 10:26 a.m. a jury came to the conclusion that Christopher Varela is guilty for the following charges:

  • Count 1: Guilty of Murder
  • Count 2: Guilty of Tampering with Physical Evidence

The court is in recess until 1 p.m., today, for the punishment, penalty and sentencing phase.

Varela is on trial in connection to the murder of Melvin Louis Fabian of Victoria. In 2019, Fabian, 71, was shot and killed in his apartment in Victoria, Texas.

Judge Eli Garza is overseeing the trial.

This is a developing story. We will provide updates as we receive them.

You can read previous stories below:

Victoria Police arrest fourth suspect in murder of Melvin Louis Fabian

Trial for Christopher Varela now underway