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Testimonies resume in Border Patrol murder trial

A total of 10 witnesses testified at the murder trial of Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval.

A total of 10 witnesses testified at the murder trial of Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval.

Tijerina-Sandoval is one of two men accused of murdering Javier Vega Jr., an off-duty Border Patrol agent who was shot and killed at a fishing site in Willacy County in August 2014.

Jessica Holloway, the woman who Border Patrol agents say waived them down to her home, was among witnesses.

Halloway testified that earlier that on the night in question, she heard a knock at her door, which turned out to be Tijerina-Sandoval and Ismael Hernandez asking for help.

She said both asked for water and a place to charge their phone, adding that she did not feel threatened by the men and offered for them to stay in her garage.

Halloway explained she didn't think too much of it until she noticed police activity near her home.

"There was a helicopter flying over our house and the lights were flashing down the street," Halloway said. "I went outside to see what was going on [and] saw Border Patrol flying up and down. I flagged one down to ask what was going on."

Holloway then explained that she let the agents know that both men were inside her home.

Agents removed her from her home and authorities entered the house to locate the subjects and detained them.

They were then handed over to the Willacy County Sheriffs Office.

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