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DíHanis murder trial begins

By Lewis H. Mathews
Anvil Herald Reporter

Opening statements were offered Monday in District Court in the murder trial of Stacie Voigt Etzel, as the state began its prosecution of her for the shooting death of her husband.

Terry Etzel was shot with a handgun three times in the chest and shoulder on the evening of April 21, 2011. Stacie Etzelís father, Kenneth Voigt, called 911 Emergency Services Dispatch at 9:28 p.m. Etzelís body was found by first responders near the garage on the family premises on CR 429 outside DíHanis. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stacie Etzel was also found at the scene under the body of Terry Etzel. She was reported to be conscious at the time, and paramedics assessed her for injuries and collected her clothing as evidence. She was released from care with no injuries warranting transportation to the hospital.

During the subsequent investigation by the Medina County Sheriffís Department and the Texas Rangers Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety, inconsistencies between her statements and the evidence at the scene led to her arrest May 3, 2011, and then released on a two $100,000 surety bonds.

She was indicted by a grand jury on two charges August 8, 2001. The first was for murder in the 1st degree of Terry Etzel. The second was for tampering with evidence by altering the crime scene. She is accused of moving the corpse and cutting her own shirt with the intent to impair any ensuing investigation.

The petit jury was selected Oct. 24 and jury instructions and pre-trail motions were given on Monday. Judge Camile G. DuBose of the 38th Judicial District is presiding over the case.

District Attorney Daniel J. Kindred, 38th Judicial District, is presenting the stateís case, assisted by Assistant District Attorney Kanon Lillemon as co-council.

Stacie Etzel is being defended by the San Antonio law firm of Nicholas and Barrera, P.C. Lead council is Roy R. Barrera Jr. and co-council is Roy R. Barrera Sr.

The trial is expected to take approximately two weeks.


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