Security guard charged in fatal shooting

December 20, 2010 3:37:04 PM PST
He stepped in to help a desperate woman, but police say a security guard crossed the line during a confrontation with a suspect and now he is charged with murder. It's a story we first told you about on Sunday morning. Since then, we've learned more about what lead up to the shooting, and the decision to file murder charges against the security guard.

Juan Trevino, 41, will face a judge first thing Tuesday morning. He's a familiar face in the southwest Houston apartment community where he worked as a security guard. Now at least one resident believes the shooting may have been justified.

It was business as usual on Monday at the apartment complex at 6405 Westward, but there were lingering questions about a deadly shooting that resulted in a murder charge against the security guard who stepped in to help a woman in distress.

"The thing I know is, he's a good guy. We never have no trouble with him. We never have no problems," said resident Maha Ahmed.

Houston police say Trevino shot and killed Odis Villalta early Sunday morning. Trevino was working apartment security when he was stopped by Villalta's girlfriend. She said her boyfriend hit her in the face during an argument and asked Trevino to call police.

Prosecutors say the situation began to escalate after Villalta and a friend showed up and started fighting with Trevino.

"They were fleeing, the complainant and his friend being chased by the defendant, and ultimately shot once in the back in the neck by the defendant," said prosecutor Heyward Carter.

The friend and the victim's girlfriend were not injured.

Trevino, who made his first appearance before a judge Monday morning, remains behind bars at the Harris County Jail. One resident isn't convinced Trevino did anything wrong.

"It's not true. I hear that, but it's not true," said Ahmed. "I'm thinking he was defending himself."

Villalta, 25, was shot once and was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is being performed.


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