Bernadette Perusquia found guilty of manslaughter

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Judge Joe Lopez form the Fourth District Court has assessed the punishment for the woman who was found guilty of killing her husband.

Bernadette Perusquia was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

All morning long, Judge Lopez has been hearing testimony for the sentencing phase.

On Tuesday night, jurors found Perusquia guilty of manslaughter in a case that happened back in 2003.

Two years ago, Perusquia’s conviction was overturned by the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals.

The court agreed with her claim that her attorney’s rendered ineffective assistance, failing to present evidence of physical and sexual violence.

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Bernadette Perusquia is found guilty of manslaughter on Tuesday after rebuttal from witnesses.

The trial continued with rebuttal witnesses from the state.

Perusquia's OB/GYN testified saying he never saw any bruising or swelling on her stomach.

A coworker and a close friend testified stating that the victim, Juan, was a friendly, nice and happy person.

Juan's mother testified as well to never hearing any kind of abuse in her house as claimed by Juan's previous girlfriends.

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The trial of Bernadette Persuquia continued Friday with more witnesses taking the stand.

The first person on the stand was a public defender who read Bernadette's testimony from the previous trial in which her mother was unable to testify.

The testimony said she witnessed one time when Bernadette and Juan Persuquia were arguing and she would take care of the kids.

Juan's ex-wife also took the stand stating Juan Persuquia was a violent person and that she experienced domestic violence when she was with him.

The trial is expected to continue in the 49th district court.
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A woman previously convicted of murder takes the stand at her retrial.

Bernadette Perusquia was called by the defense to recount what happened the day she's accused of killing her husband Juan Perusquia back in 2003.

During questioning, Perusquia stated her husband raped and physically abused her.

Although she sustained injuries she said it was never reported to police.

During cross-examination from the state, Perusquia tells what transpired the day of the murder, saying she had plans to leave but never had the chance.

She says she and her husband got into an argument and that he pushed her against a recliner.

She said she had the gun in her waistband and planned to remove it but never had the chance.

When the argument continued, Perusquia says she feared her life and shot at him when he was approaching her.

She states that he stumbled after he was shot, and she then called 9-1-1.

The trial continues in the 49th District Court.

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The trial against Bernadette Perusquia continued on Wednesday.

She was convicted of killing her husband Juan Perusquia back in 2003. But two years ago, the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals overturned her conviction, granting her a new trial.

She claimed her attorneys failed to present evidence of her husband's acts of physical and sexual violence.

Three witnesses took the stand, all of them were police officers who responded to the scene back in 2003.

They explained what they saw and what they gathered during the investigation.

The case is being heard in the 49th District Court.

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Jury selection is underway for the retrial of a woman who was convicted of killing her husband back in 2003.

Back in 2016, Bernadette Perusquia’s conviction by the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals.

The court agreed with her claim that during the trial, her attorney’s had rendered ineffective assistance because they failed to present evidence of her husband’s acts of physical and sexual abuse.

Perusquia was found guilty in 2011 for the murder of her husband Juan Perusquia.

The case is being heard in the 49th District Court.