Closing arguments begin in San Antonio area deadly home invasion case

October 11, 2018

Closing arguments started Thursday morning in the capital murder trial of a San Antonio teen accused of killing a homeowner.

Jonathan Perales, 19, is charged with capital murder in the death of Michael Clayton Robinson, 51, who was killed after he confronted Perales inside his home in the 8400 block of Ulysses in Universal City on Oct. 10, 2018. Both men were armed and exchanged two shots each.

Perales testified on the stand Wednesday, admitting he shot Robinson but said Robinson shot first. He also said he didn’t mean to hurt anyone; he was high on Xanax and was just looking for stuff to steal.

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Perales testified he had already been into the house twice, loading items into his car outside when the family discovered there was an intruder. Robinson’s wife told her husband someone had broken into their home and he grabbed his Glock and yelled out for the intruder to leave. Perales testified that he yelled back that he was leaving and was trying to find his way out of the darkened house when he opened the Robinson couple’s bedroom door by mistake, heard gunfire and fired back then ran away.

The case is being heard in the 290th state District Court, with Judge Melisa Skinner presiding.

The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office is not pursuing the death penalty. If convicted on the capital charge, Perales would be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

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. | ezavala@express-news.net | Twitter: @elizabeth2863

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