Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Trial to begin today

Trial resumes today after jury selection yesterday.

Negligent homicide jury trial opens today


A jury trial in the January 2008 shooting death of Fredrick Richard Dwulet opens today at the Comal County Courthouse Annex.

Deborah Goodine Yarbrough of New Braunfels stands accused of negligent homicide over the death of Dwulet, 53, on Jan. 13, 2008. She was 49 at the time of the incident.

If convicted, Yarbrough could face from two to 10 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Steven Harkins will make the case for the state. Attorney Allison Lanty of New Braunfels, alongside Kim DeLaGarza of Seguin, are the defense counsel for Yarbrough.

Disctrict Court Judge Dib Waldrip is presiding.

A preliminary arrest report after the incident lists both Dwulet and Yarbrough as residents at the Indian Grass Drive home where the incident occurred and where officers found a handgun.

Dwulet was conscious and able to speak when police arrived. He was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio where he died several hours after the shooting, according to the report.

Police later arrested Yarbrough at a different location. She was originally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the police report. She is currently out on a $30,000 bond on the negligent homicide charge.

Attorneys selected a jury of six women and eight men — two will be alternates. The trial opens 9 a.m. today with testimony from the prosecution.