Suspect’s passenger testifies in trial over Army veteran’s murder

Crime

The woman who was with Matthew Chavez the night he’s accused of killing an Army veteran at an ATM took the stand Tuesday in his murder trial. 

“I heard yelling and then I saw Matthew coming back to the car and getting into the car,” Veronica Trimble said. 

Trimble waited in the car while police say Chavez walked up to Tyler Lackey at the ATM near Gibson and Yale and tried to rob him back in 2016. 

Surveillance video played in court Tuesday showed Lackey point a gun at Chavez, and when Chavez went back to his car Lackey followed. 

Chavez’s attorney claims he shot in self-defense because Lackey fired first, but Trimble said Tuesday that wasn’t the case. 

“Again, I don’t know where [shots] came from first, so, no, I don’t think he did,” Trimble said. 

Trimble was initially charged in the case, but the charges were eventually dropped by the District Attorney because there was not enough evidence to prove she was in on the robbery.

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