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Donna man accused of 2015 murder back in court

A Donna man accused of murder in a gang-related shooting in September 2015 was back in court Wednesday.

A Donna man accused of murder in a gang-related shooting in September 2015 was back in court Wednesday.

Jorge Alberto Guajardo, 24, is accused of being the driver in the shooting which led to the death of 17-year-old Javier Olmedo. Guajardo claims he was forced into the crime.

As Guajardo sat in the courtroom, dozens of crime scene photos and evidence were shown in court.

A Donna police detective, a forensic pathologist, and three siblings who knew Guajardo before the shooting and owned the vehicle he used during the shooting, took the stand.

Guajardo previously admitted to being in a silver Ford Focus with Rolando Rene Rodriguez, a member of the Tri City Bombers street gang. In January, Rodriguez accepted a plea deal and admitted he shot Olmedo on Expressway 83 in Donna nearly two years ago. He is now serving a 35-year sentence in prison.

Guajardo was also expected to take plea deal along with Rodriguez, but opted to take his chances with a jury trial instead.

The defense and prosecutors are expected to cross examine more witnesses Thursday, including Rolando Rene Rodriguez.

Guajardo faces one count of murder, one count of attempted capital murder, and two counts of criminal attempted murder.

If found guilty, Guajardo faces life in prison.

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