Fort Worth man on trial in young mother’s gang-related slaying

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A man accused of fatally shooting a young mother and wounding seven others was embarrassed because he had been beaten during a gang fight the day before, prosecutors told a jury Tuesday.

Jacob Cordero, 22, of Fort Worth is suspected of walking up to a house in the 3700 block of Frazier Avenue and firing into a group of partygoers with what appeared to be a replica of an AK-47 assault rifle, prosecutors said. Authorities estimate that 25 rounds were fired.

A Fort Worth police officer testified that witnesses described the shooter as a man with a covered face and dark clothing who may have been wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

When the gunfire ended, Christina Davila, a 21-year-old mother of two, was dead on the front porch. The gunman disappeared in the chaos after the shooting on Oct. 23, 2011.

The events leading up to the shooting began during a fight the day before, said Michelle Dobson, who is prosecuting the case with Tamla Ray, Tarrant County assistant district attorney.

Cordero, a gang member, was involved in a fight with rival gang members at La Gran Plaza in the 4200 block of South Freeway in Fort Worth, Dobson said. Witnesses told police that the father of Davila’s two children, now 4 and 5, beat up Cordero. Detectives concluded that the beating was a motive for the shooting, Dobson said.

Santiago Salinas, Cordero’s attorney, told jurors that prosecutors promised favors to buy testimony from people facing trial and that they have no proof that Cordero was the shooter responsible for Davila’s death.

“The absence of evidence in this case is striking,” Salinas said. “There is a lot of gang membership information that comes in. But you will not hear from anyone who will say that ‘I was in the car. I was the getaway driver.’”

Cordero faces life in prison if convicted. Testimony will continue this week in state District Judge Mike Thomas’ court.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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