Facebook post leads to mistrial in Donna murder case
A Facebook post from a key witness in a Donna murder case led to a mistrial Thursday.
Jorge Alberto Guajardo, 24, who is accused of participating in the murder of 17-year-old Javier Olmedo will now be given a new trial due to a post on social media, which tainted testimony according to the court.
Guajardo is accused of being the driver of a silver Ford Focus involved in a gang-related shooting in Donna nearly two years ago, which led to the death of Olmedo.
The third day of the Donna murder trial was halted minutes after starting when witness Shaniqua Silva admitted to State District Judge Keno Vasquez that she posted about her testimony on social media on Wednesday after having taken the stand for two hours.
Silva told jurors Wednesday that Guajardo previously confessed to her that he and others went after Javier Olmedo and other rival gang members.
The defense also showed the jury a Facebook post of Silva claiming to have smoked synthetic marijuana before testifying in court.
Silva claims she's several months pregnant and doesn't smoke, but posted it to make it look like she had.
Vasquez told Silva she is lucky she was not jailed for causing the delay in the proceedings.