San Antonio teen on trial in home-invasion killing
Testimony is expected to start this morning in the capital murder trial of a 19-year-old San Antonio man accused of killing a beloved physician’s assistant during a home break-in one year ago.
Michael Clayton Robinson, 51, died after a gunfight in his home with an intruder. Jonathan Andrew Perales was 18 and wounded when Universal City police arrested him shortly after the shootout on Oct. 10, 2017.
If convicted, Perales will automatically be sentenced to life in prison without parole. The District Attorney’s Office has said prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.
Universal City police Lt. Steve Mihalski said at the time of the shooting that Perales had broken into the Robinson home in the 8400 block of Ulysses Drive just before 2:30 p.m..
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A woman in the home woke up Robinson after hearing a noise and seeing an unknown vehicle in the driveway, according to an arrest affidavit. The homeowner, armed with a 9mm Glock handgun, opened the bedroom door and, face-to-face with Perales, yelled, “Get out of my house,” before both men fired shots, the document states.
Robinson was hit once in the torso and was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center, where he later was pronounced dead, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Officials said other relatives in the home were not harmed.
Perales, shot twice, left the scene but didn’t get far.
“He got back into his vehicle, and he tried to leave but got lost,” Mihalski said at the time of the incident. “He finally bailed out of the car and asked for help.”
Meanwhile, authorities responding to the shooting were stopped at a nearby home and found Perales, who was wearing a red shoe on his left foot. The matching right shoe was found inside the kitchen of the Robinson home, the affidavit stated.
Police at the time said they had received a report of a car burglary on the same street the night of the shooting, which led them to believe Perales targeted the area that night.
News of Robinson’s death spread quickly and spurred many of his former patients to leave comments and mourn his loss on his Facebook page. Married with children, he was described as an outdoorsman who was active in his church as a youth leader who took teens on camping trips.
State District Judge Melisa Skinner will preside over the trial.
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