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Juror faints in San Antonio courtroom after victim’s charred remains shown

January 16, 2019

Court proceedings in a murder trial came to an abrupt halt Wednesday after a juror passed out as photographs were shown of the victim’s charred remains.

The Bexar County jury was in its second day of hearing testimony in the murder trial of Antonio Nuñez Jr., 63, who is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Lisa Carter.

Carter was killed in 2015 and her body was set afire along South W.W. White Road in Southeast Bexar County.

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As Bexar County Deputy Medical Examiner William McClain led jurors through photographs of Carter and detailed her wounds, a male juror asked the judge around 11:30 a.m., “Can we take a break?”

At that point, Judge Laura Parker recessed the trial. But as the jury filed out, the man who asked for the break fainted in the jury box in Felony Impact Court.

Bailiffs cleared the courtroom, and McClain immediately went to the man’s aid. Shortly before noon, two EMS technicians entered the courtroom with a stretcher, but the man was not taken away.

The juror was excused for health reasons and an alternate took his place.

Testimony continues in the trial.

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