Jurors finish hearing evidence in Navarro trial

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Navarro trial

Attorneys finished presenting evidence early Friday afternoon in the Matthew Navarro capital murder trial and will present their closing arguments to the jury Monday morning in 35th District Court.

The state presented its final witness Friday morning — Dr. Nizam Peerwani of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, who performed the autopsy on murder victim Ronald Philen. 

After verifying that Navarro did not wish to testify, defense attorney Evan Pierce-Jones called Navarro's mother as the sole defense witness.

In unrelated 35th District Court matters, a 33-year-old Brown County man was sentenced to 25 years in prison recently after pleading guilty in 35th District Court to burglary of a habitation.

Justin Daniell entered the plea before District Judge Steve Ellis, according to information from District Attorney Micheal Murray's office. Daniell also pleaded guilty to burglary of a vehicle, credit or debit card use and unauthorized use of a vehicle and was sentenced to 20 months in state jail.

Brownwood Assistant Police Chief James Fuller said Brownwood police are familiar with Daniell, although he did not know which specific cases had led to Daniell's sentencings. "There were many reports from us on him," Fuller said via email.

In other recent sentencings: 

Edward Franklin Fields, on probation for sexual assault of a child, was adjudicated and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Charles Mason, on probation for evidence tampering, was adjudicated and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Demory Ardell Wilson Jr. pleaded guilty to evidence tampering and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Jeffrey Don Beck, on probation for evidence tampering, was adjudicated and sentenced to four years in prison. Beck pleaded guilty to theft-metals and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail.

Jessie David Deleon pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to three years in prison. Deleon pleaded guilty to engaging organized crime — theft aggregated and was sentenced to 15 months in state jail.

Daniel Moncrief pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 18 months in state jail.

Lonicio Rodriguez Carrillo pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 16 months in state jail.

Ralph Steven Herron, on probation for fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, was adjudicated and sentenced to 15 moths in state jail.

Enrique Garza Jr. pleaded guilty to burglary of a building and was sentenced to 15 months n state jail.

Ricky Lee Rodriguez pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a vehicle and was sentenced to 12 months n state jail.

Joshua McBride, on probation for possession of a controlled substance, was revoked and sentenced to 12 months in state jail.

Chad Alan Williams, on probation for theft over $1,500 under $20,000, was revoked and sentenced to 10 months in state jail.

Wendy Lowery, on probation for fraudulent use of possession of identifying information, was revoked and sentenced to eight months in state jail.

Patricio Seballos pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to eight months in state jail.

Samantha Marie Hellinger, on probation for possession of a controlled substance, was revoked and sentenced to six months in state jail.