Jury issues guilty verdict

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In less than three hours, jurors found a Lewisville man guilty of capital murder Friday afternoon.

Manuel Nelson Flores-Carrasco, 25, was charged with capital murder in connection with the stabbing death of his girlfriend, Norma Gomez, last year.

Lewisville police officers responded to a reported stabbing at Basswood Manor apartments in the 1000 block of Fox Avenue on the evening of Aug. 30 and discovered Gomez and her 16-year-old son, Osman Matute-Gomez, covered in blood.

Gomez, 39, was pronounced dead at Lewisville Medical Center from stab wounds. Testimony would later show that she was stabbed with a large kitchen knife 11 times.

Matute-Gomez was stabbed once in the chest, treated at a Plano hospital and then released, according to police records.

During closing arguments Friday, prosecutors Dustin Gossage and Michael Graves told the 12-member jury that this was nothing but a case of capital murder.

Gossage reminded jurors that Gomez had reported to police that Flores-Carrasco had allegedly threatened her earlier on the day of her death.

Gomez took measures to make sure he was out of her life, including changing the locks and trying to remove him from her lease, prosecutors said.

“Unfortunately, in the end, deadbolts couldn’t save her,” Graves said.

Defense attorney Derek Adame told jurors that not all the facts were presented and it was OK to break into your own home.

“If it’s your home, you can do whatever you want to; it’s not breaking in,” he said.

Adame told jurors that Flores-Carrasco had just come from a job site, and if he had intended to kill his girlfriend, he would have brought a weapon with him.

The Denton County District Attorney’s office did not seek the death penalty, so Flores-Carrasco was sentenced to life in prison without parole on the capital murder charge.

In addition, he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault. Jurors found him guilty of stabbing Matute-Gomez and not guilty on the second charge of threatening Gomez earlier on the day of her death.

Judge Bruce McFarling of the 362nd District Court sentenced Flores-Carrasco to 20 years on the aggravated assault charge.

Adame said his client will appeal.

“While I am disappointed in the verdict, I respect their decision,” Adame said after the trial.

First Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck said it is sad that people are most at risk from those they live with.

“Norma [Gomez] did everything she could to protect herself and her family that day,” she said. “Life without parole is the only thing that will stop him.”

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.

 


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