Murder trial continues in Goliad County

GOLIAD, Texas – The murder trial of David Mendoza began on Tuesday, March 30 with opening statements from both sides.

Daniel Mendoza, of Goliad, was accused of shooting Nathan Cortinas and Brianna Bexley in June of 2019.

Nathan Cortinas was 19-years-old when he died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and Bexley, who was 18 at the time, was hospitalized after suffering a single gunshot wound. Their infant son was in the backseat of the vehicle at the time of the incident but remained unharmed.

Four witnesses were called by the state to testify. One of the witnesses was Sgt. Donna Starry, who was the lead investigator of the case. Bexley was one of the other witnesses.

Mendoza is facing charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment.

If convicted for murder which is a first-degree felony, Mendoza could face anywhere from five to 99 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney, Tim Poynter, is prosecuting the case.

Mendoza will be represented by a court-appointed attorney, Stephen Tyler, who was the former district attorney of Victoria County.

The case remains ongoing in court and we will continue to update the story as the case continues.

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