HAYS COUNTY (KXAN) — Opening comments ended and testimony began Tuesday in the trial of young woman Kyle charged with her alleged role in the 2018 death of her two-year-old son.
A jury will decide over the next few weeks whether Dazrine Chagoya-Williams is guilty of capital murder in the death of her son, Mason.
“They didn’t call 911 immediately because they knew they had killed him,” State began his opening comments on Tuesday before telling the jury what they could expect during the entire length of that lawsuit — which KXAN has previously reported on because it was also featured in the lawsuit of Chagoya-Williams’ husband.
“Well, you heard a lot of details there that really didn’t matter,” Chagoya-Williams’ attorney shot back in his opening comments. Her defense strives to prove that the state does not have enough evidence to show that Chagoya-Williams was responsible for her son’s death. They point to her husband, Stevie Williams, the father of the child.
“I think that he [Stevie] knocked down, or I think he was disturbed,” the Chagoya-Williams attorney said. “There is no evidence that she did anything.”
State highlights first responders
After opening the comments, the jury heard from several state witnesses, including Kyle’s dispatcher who spoke to Chagoya-Williams after calling 911 and Kyle’s first responders who showed up at the scene shortly. after. Similar to Stevie’s trial, the 911 call was played for the jury.
“Is he breathing ma’am?” Haley Campbell, a Kyle dispatcher, can be heard chiming in during this taping as Chagoya-Williams begins to explain why they needed emergency help in 2018. “No, no,” she said.
Kyle’s firefighters at the helm on Tuesday described the scene and the behavior of both parents when they arrived and began giving CPR to Mason. One described Chagoya-Williams as “apathetic” or showing no emotion. Another said he believed Chagoya-Williams entered the house when she mistakenly believed first responders had revived Mason.
“It definitely felt wrong,” Johnnie Smith, a former Kyle firefighter who now works in Austin, said of the scene. “I just remember feeling like something was wrong.”
In the afternoon, a paramedic and a paramedic spoke. Kyle Skinner, the paramedic, said he spoke with both parents in 2018 and described Stevie’s behavior as “hysterical” but “cooperative”. He said when it came to Chagoya-Williams, “there was no emotion she showed, it was just…absent.”
The defense argued during cross-examination that during traumatic situations, emotional reactions vary and worked to prove that the Chagoya-Williams reaction was not an indication of guilt.
Unlike Stevie’s trial, the Chagoya-Williams defense has the ability to reference October’s testimony and regularly did so during cross-examination Tuesday.
Stevie, Mason’s father, was convicted of capital murder at this trial last year for his involvement in the young boy’s death. He repeatedly told police that it was “demons” who killed the young boy, according to body camera video shown in court.
Chagoya-Williams is now facing a jury for her alleged role.
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The following timeline for Mason’s death was presented by the state at Stevie’s trial:
Chronology of events
Mason was born in October 2016 to Dazrine and Stevie. Just months later, in January 2017, Mason’s parents took him to Dell Children’s Hospital because of burns that parents allegedly told doctors were accidentally caused while bathing. During his examination at the hospital, Mason was found to have broken bones; one in his wrist and 13 in his ribs.
These injuries were the reason Child Protective Services (CPS) removed Mason from his parents in late January 2017. After Stevie and Dazrine completed the steps necessary to be reunited with Mason, they were again given custody about a year later.
The CPS testified that they stopped monitoring the family in March 2018. On July 4, 2018, Mason was found dead.
Evidence presented by the state included photos and videos from first responders of the scene where Mason was found dead, recorded interviews with Stevie after Mason’s death, photos and videos removed from phones and X-rays of the couple and photos taken of injuries to both Mason and his younger sister.
Mason’s autopsy revealed that his chest had been constricted to the point he could not breathe, cutting off oxygen to the brain, which ultimately caused his death. It was also discovered that he suffered from other internal and external injuries.
During Stevie’s trial testimony, a Dell Children’s pediatrician spoke about her assessment of Mason’s younger sister, also named Dazrine, after she was taken to the hospital by the CPS the day after Mason died. . She was eight months old at the time.
Baby Dazrine was also injured. She suffered a large skull fracture and 22 rib fractures, among other internal and external injuries.
During interviews following Mason’s death, Stevie told Kyle Police Department investigators that it was actually “demons” or something “evil” that killed her son. During Stevie’s interview with the police – which lasted over an hour and was played for the jury – Stevie maintained that neither he nor his wife were involved in any way.
According to court documents, many of the same witnesses who testified in Stevie’s trial will also testify in Dazrine’s.
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