David Davila is on trial for the shooting death of 13-year-old Alex Torres. The prosecution today presented a witness who testified he gave Davila the murder weapon.
This morning, Erasmo “Lamo” De Los Santos. who’s currently in the Nueces County Jail on an assault charge, took the stand.
De Los Santos told the jury that Davila and Christina Trevino came to his home on January 13, 2015 and asked him for a gun in exchange for marijuana.
He testified Trevino told him Davila’s ex-girlfriend had reported them to Child Protective Services and they were going to do a drive-by. The ex-girlfriend lived at Treyway Terrace apartments, where young Alex Torres was killed.
De Los Santos said the gun was exchanged for some marijuana and the two returned it to him an hour later.
That’s when he realized something was wrong.
“He got back and I got it,” he said. “You know how you can smell when the guns shot. So, I smelled it and it was shot. He told me he shot the first person that answered the door.”
A few days later, he took the gun apart, got on a jet ski and dumped it in the surf near Bob Hall Pier.
Davila’s ex-girlfriend, Sandy Moreno, told the jury she lived next door to Alex Torres.
Moreno said she never called CPS. She also told the jury the victim would sometimes help her out because she was pregnant.
Moreno, who was eight months pregnant with Davila’s baby, said she was taking out her trash moments before Alex was shot.
“He was outside running inside,” she said before breaking down in tears. “He saw me outside getting ready to throw my trash and he grabbed the trash and said ‘I’ll throw it for you so that you don’t have to walk.’ ”
Moreno said her relationship with Alex’s grandmother drastically changed after his death. Moreno said her mother had passed away and Alex’s grandmother, Yolanda, was like a mother to her. After Torres was killed, Yolanda stopped speaking to her.