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Defendant's Tattoo Sparks Questions at Murder Trial

WACO - The defendant's tattoo sparks questions in the murder trial of a man accused of killing a high school junior in May of 2012.

A McLennan County Grand Jury indicted Elton Reynoso for the shooting death of Dominique Garcia in 2012. Investigators said Garcia was shot and killed after a fight at the intersection of Rolando Ave. and Princeton St. in Waco. Police arrested Reynoso three days after the shooting during a traffic stop.

A Waco police officer who arrested Reynoso testified on Wednesday, the defendant had a fresh filled-in tear drop at the time of his apprehension. He said from his experience in the street crime unit, people get this tattoo after murdering someone.

Reynoso's former jail mate agreed with the meaning of the tear drop when a prosecutor asked him for his opinion. A defense attorney objected to this question because he indicated the jail mate was not an expert. However, the prosecutor disagreed because he said the jail mate had a criminal history.

When a prosecutor inquired about the tattoo, a defense attorney said this could not be used as evidence in a murder case, which the prosecutor agreed with.

The prosecution continued to build its case with tests from Department of Public Safety crime lab. A DPS employee testified the bullets related to this murder were fired from the same gun, which was most likely a revolver. However, she said the tests could not prove Reynoso was responsible for shooting them.

However, Reynoso's former jail mate testified the defendant had admitted to his crime. According to the former jail mate, when he asked Reynoso if he committed the murder, Reynoso replied 'it is what it is.' In addition, the jail mate said Reynoso told him he fired a gun after a fight broke out. Reynoso allegedly recognized he had been drinking prior the shooting and that someone provided him with the gun from a home nearby. In addition, the jail mate claimed Reynoso and others disposed a gun, after the murder.

A Waco police officer said he found a gun hidden in a house on Princeton Street. but it was not the same gun used in this crime.

The defense attorney questioned the former jail mate's testimony, asking him if he was high at the time he took the stand.

Several Waco police officers and Garcia's family members also testified on Wednesday.

The prosecution will continue to present its case on Thursday morning.

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