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Testimony continues in trial of former Palmview Police Department dispatcher

(Source: KGBT Photo)

Witnesses continued to testify as the trial of former Palmview Police Department dispatcher Jacobo Rivera resumed on Wednesday.

A State Trooper who took the stand Tuesday was back to recall the events of the 2016 crash that killed 21-year-old Kryztal Lynn Luna, telling the jury that the pursuit happened so fast he did not get a chance to call for backup until he reached the intersection of Business 83 and Showers Road.

Trooper Howard Brothers told the courtroom that when he got to the scene, he found the red Ford Mustang had crashed into a cement pillar.

He then called for assistance and says Rivera was clearly in distress and concerned for the passengers in the vehicle, asking Brothers for help.

Brothers testified that he could smell alcohol on Rivera at the hospital, but did not include that information in his initial report of the accident.

A Palmview Police Department Administrative Sergeant was called to the stand as well after a brief recess, telling the jury what he saw on August 17, 2016.

Sergeant Arnold Sepulveda says he got a call around 2 a.m. informing him that Rivera had gotten into an accident.

As his supervisor at the time, he responded to the scene and found the car Rivera was driving in "bad shape."

He followed Palmview PD Officer Juan Martinez, who was in the backseat at the time of the crash, to his designated hospital, eventually learning that Luna had died after being transported to McAllen Medical Center - notifying Palmview PD officers through a GroupMe chat around 6 a.m. in the morning that day.

Rivera's charges include murder in the first degree and two counts of evading arrest.

The trial is ongoing.

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