He may just have one very smart defense lawyer.
A San Antonio man whose capital murder trial was set to begin this week has instead reached a plea deal.
Edgar Velasquez, 20, would have been the second of three co-defendants to face trial for the October 2008 slaying of Manuel Barrera, 33, who was fatally shot as he walked his mother-in-law to her car outside a Southwest Side VFW hall.
Prosecutors agreed on Friday to reduce Velasquez's charge to non-capital murder in exchange for a guilty plea and a promise to testify against co-defendant Brijido “Andy” Munoz if needed. If he successfully cooperates, Velasquez will eventually be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 30 years.