SAN ANGELO, Texas — Shrieking and screaming pierce the darkness on dash-cam video as the first responding officer arrives at the residence of a 5-year-old girl who died from lacerations to her neck.
Jurors were in tears on the second day of trial in the case of Isidro Miguel Delacruz, 27, who stands accused of capital murder in the Sept. 2, 2014, death of his ex-girlfriend’s daughter, Naiya Villegas, in the 2700 block of Houston Street.
“I saw the complainant in the roadway waving me down,” said officer Marcus Rodriguez. “I heard screams coming from a female.”
Naiya’s grandmother called San Angelo police about five minutes before Rodriguez arrived.
“I don’t know what he did to my granddaughter,” the grandmother told Rodriguez when he arrives at 2:37 a.m.
Screams coming from Naiya’s mother, Tanya Bermea, can then be heard on the video as Rodriguez frantically runs toward the residence and off camera.
“What did he do to her!” Bermea screams off camera. “That’s my daughter! Tell me my daughter is OK!”
Rodriguez questions Delacruz.
“I didn’t do nothing to her!” Delacruz says, and accuses Bermea of killing the child.
Bermea runs into the view of the dash-cam at 2:39 a.m. She sits on the street, crying next to her mother.
“What happened!” Rodriguez says as he runs after Bermea. She is distraught and doesn’t answer his question.
Rodriguez then returns to the residence.
He testified he saw Delacruz holding paper towels against the child’s throat.
At 2:40 a.m. Delacruz’s mother arrives at the scene and runs into the home.
“Please somebody help her! Get a medic! Get a medic!” someone says.
“Oh my God, please tell me everything will be all right!” a voice says.
Multiple people are talking over each other. The cries and begging to save Naiya continue.
Bermea runs back into the house where Rodriguez and another officer can be heard on video attempting to arrest Delacruz.
“Let me just look at her, please!” Delacruz says.
“Is that what you wanted!” Bermea says.
The officers take Delacruz outside to a patrol car. An ambulance pulls up at 2:46 a.m.
Several jurors were in tears and sniffling at end of the in-car police video.
Prosecutors also showed gruesome photographs of the crime scene. There were blood stains including spots, smears and splatters in nearly every corner of the house.
A pool of blood was on Naiya’s bed.
Rodriguez fought back tears after 51st District Attorney Allison Palmer showed him some crime scene photos.
She asked Rodriguez to warn jurors what they were about to see before she presented one particular photo.
“In this photo, the medics are working on her,” Rodriguez told the jury. “She’s still in her pajamas.”
Prosecutors then showed the jury a photo of Naiya, near death on the living floor while paramedics tried to save her.
Jurors once again were brought to tears.
Rodriguez testified he saw Naiya lying straight on her back. He said she was lying inside the home at the immediate entrance still trying to breathe.
Other photos showed injuries on a distressed-looking Delacruz. The photographs also showed injuries on Bermea. She had two knots protruding from her forehead, indicating she had been in an altercation.
Another San Angelo officer testified Tuesday. He described how the crime scene looked using the photographs.
One photo showed an open bathroom window, which police believe Delacruz used to enter the home.
The trial continues Wednesday.
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