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‘A senseless, unnecessary death.’ Murder trial gets underway in stabbing of Erath County man.

Updated: Feb 22, 2023

Murder defendant Juan Jose Vallejo Nunez (second from left) is pictured next to his attorney Heath Allen.

The trial for Juan Jose Vallejo Nunez, a man accused of stabbing to death Eleno Trejo in 2019, got underway Tuesday in the 266th Judicial District Court.

Patrol Sgt. Chris Hill with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office told jurors that he was on duty on the night of Nov. 3, 2019 when he was dispatched to the scene of a reported stabbing.

While on his way to the scene, Hill testified that he spotted the suspect vehicle - a blue Ford Expedition – driving in the opposite direction.

“I turned around, caught back up to the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop,” Hill said, going on to describe how he found Nunez and his brother inside the vehicle with blood smeared on the seats and their clothes and face. One of the men had a white T-shirt wrapped around his hand.

Believing they were likely involved in the stabbing, Hill held the men at gunpoint until backup arrived and they could be detained.

When Hill arrived at the crime scene – a dairy located on Hwy. 67 – he found Eleno Trejo gravely injured with stab wounds to his abdomen.

Trejo was transported to Texas Health Stephenville where he died from his injuries.

Melinda Garcia, an evidence technician with the ESCO, testified that she found a “foldable knife” and bloody clothes inside the vehicle.

Calling it a “senseless, unnecessary death,” District Attorney Alan Nash told jurors that a disagreement about “lifestyle choices” earlier that evening led to the attack on Trejo.

Heath Allen is representing the defendant in the case.

Testimony will resume Wednesday morning.


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