Body cam video shows alleged intruder begging police for ambulance after fatal gunfight with San Antonio area homeowner
Jurors watched the video screen intently Tuesday as a young man writhed on the floor, begging police officers to call an ambulance.
“Can you help me? Please, bro, I’m dying, dude,” Jonathan Andrew Perales, now 19, tells the officers in the video taken by an officer’s body cam. “I don’t want to die. I’m sorry. I’ll tell you everything. He shot me and I shot back.”
Perales is on trial on a capital murder charge, accused of breaking into a house in the 8400 block of Ulysses Drive in Universal City on Oct. 10, 2017, and killing the homeowner in a gunfight.
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He was 18 at the time.
Robinson, 51, was home with his wife and two of his six children when they were awakened by an intruder. Robinson, a physician assistant, grabbed his 9mm Glock and yelled out to the unseen burglar, “Get out of my house.”
When Robinson opened the door to his bedroom, he saw Perales with a gun, witnesses said. Both men shot each other. Robinson later died, and Perales, who was wounded, tried to leave in his car, police said, but got lost inside the subdivision and ended up at a nearby house, begging for an ambulance.
Prosecutor Rose Zebelle told the jury that the Robinsons, married for 28 years, were having “an ordinary night” until Perales broke into their home, and Robinson grabbed his gun to protect his family and his home.
“He never even made it out of the bedroom door,” Zebell told the panel.
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She told jurors they would hear that Perales had the gun he used in the shooting in his pocket, and still wore a red Nike tennis shoe, the companion of which was found inside the Robinson home.
In his opening statement, defense attorney Jeff Mulliner told the jury the defense would not dispute much of what went on that night, but he emphasized that Perales didn’t mean to kill anyone, that he was just looking for some quick cash and found an unlocked door at the Robinson home.
He also told the panel they would hear testimony from Perales.
“He does not have clean hands,” Mulliner said of Perales.
Mulliner told the panel Perales had taken four bars of “street” Xanax that night, which sometimes is more potent than the prescription form, and when he heard Robinson tell him to get out of the house, he went looking for the front door but got confused, opened the bedroom door and the men shot at each other.
“Voluntary intoxication is not a defense to a criminal offense,” he told the jury. “He was out of his right mind. He didn’t know Clay got hurt. He found out later.”
The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office is not seeking the death penalty in this case. If convicted, Perales would automatically be sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole.
The case is being heard in the 290t state District Court, Judge Melisa Skinner presiding.
Elizabeth Zavala is a courts and crime reporter in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | email@example.com | Twitter: @elizabeth2863