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Texas murder trial delayed after witness shot, killed

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:26:23 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 02 2013 12:45:23 PM CDT


A murder trial in San Antonio has been postponed after a woman described by prosecutors as a critical witness was fatally shot last weekend in the driveway of her home.

Authorities say 44-year-old Julie Ann Rodriguez was headed for church Sunday morning when she was shot and killed in front of her teenage sons. The gunman then got into a waiting car and fled.
The slaying remains under investigation.
Prosecutors were granted a motion Tuesday to delay the trial of her ex-boyfriend, 44-year-old Martin Barrera Balboa. He's charged with a decade-old slaying in San Antonio.
Prosecutors aren't disclosing the nature of what she would have testified.