Trial for Christopher Varela now underway

Varela is on trial in connection to the murder of Victoria resident Melvin Louis Fabian

VICTORIA, Texas – The trial for Christopher Varela is now underway, with Tuesday, November 30 being the first day of trial. The jury was selected on November 29. Varela’s trial was initially set for August 2021 but was pushed back to November. Judge Eli Garza is overseeing the trial.

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

Varela is facing two charges, one for engagement in organized criminal activity and the other for tampering with physical evidence. There are several other defendants in this case in connection to Fabian’s death.

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