SAN ANTONIO, TX (WOAI) - A young man who was 15-years-old when he allegedly shot and killed another man is expected to stand trial Monday on murder charges.
Prosecutors say John Gonzales shot and James Whitley back in August of 2012. They add Gonzales and another man had planned to rob Whitley of his marijuana.
During the robbery attempt, prosecutors say Gonzales pulled out a gun and shot Whitley, killing him. Gonzales claimed he fired in self-defense because Whitley also pulled out a gun.
Gonzales was grazed in the head by a bullet. Although he was only 15-years-old at the time of the murder, Gonzales was certified to stand trial as an adult. Opening arguments are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Monday afternoon, although Gonzales could still take a plea deal. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
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