Trial scheduled for man charged with assault on carpool driver | Community alert

Jury selection was completed on Monday afternoon at the trial of one of two brothers charged with the brutal attack and robbery of a rideshare driver in 2018.

Proceedings will begin in earnest for Joshua Elijah Limon, 21, of New Braunfels, who is on trial for aggravated robbery related to an August 2, 2018 incident in which his older brother, Zion Jacob Limon, 24, also faces charges. Both face the charge of aggravated assault, a first-degree felony, as well as several other felony charges.

The jury of six men and seven women, including an alternate, will decide Joshua Limon’s guilt or innocence solely on the aggravated assault charge in Judge Gary Steel’s 274th District Court. Prosecutors opted not to try him on other charges related to the Aug. 2 incident, including possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 2, between 1 and 4 grams in a drug-free zone. , retaliation and harassment of persons in a reformatory.

Zion Limon was remanded to Comal County Jail from Bexar County on Friday to testify at his brother’s trial. The elder Limon, who is expected to stand trial in April on the local charges, has been in Bexar jail awaiting trial for the May 2020 execution-style shooting of two men in San Antonio three months after his release from prison local.

Assistant District Attorneys Jessica Frasier and Kaitlyn Traeger are suing on behalf of the state, Austin-based defense attorney Kenavon Carter representing Joshua Limon on the sole charge, among five crimes listed in three indictments issued on June 5, 2019.

On August 2, New Braunfels Police responded to a report of theft in the 400 block of Landa Street around 10 p.m. They said a rideshare driver, a 26-year-old man from Spring Branch, said he knew the men who requested a ride from their location in the 700 block of Bell Street.

Police say shortly after entering the vehicle, the two men brandished handguns and demanded money from the driver. They then assaulted him by punching him in the head, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the vehicle on foot.

The victim, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, refused to be taken to hospital. Police soon tracked down the two Limon brothers in an apartment in the 700 block of Howard Street, where they were arrested without further incident.

A subsequent search of the suspects and the apartment revealed prescription drugs for which none of the suspects had proper prescriptions, and revealed approximately half a pound of marijuana – with charges bolstered by the surrounding drug-free zone Seele primary school nearby.

Both brothers were transported to the Comal County Jail. They were also initially charged with possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 3, less than 28 grams, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, between 4 ounces and 5 pounds, a felony in state prison.

Zion Limon was released on September 6, 2018 after posting $73,000 bond; Joshua Limon was released on September 24, 2018 after posting $83,000 bond. Both were back in the county dungeon months later.

On February 10, 2019, Joshua Limon allegedly shot a 19-year-old Converse man following an argument at a residence in the 2900 block of Oakdell Trail, seriously injuring the man who was treated at the Oakdell Military Medical Center. San Antonio.

Joshua Limon was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to county jail the following day. He has since remained jailed on all charges pending $500,000 bail.

Zion Limon was arrested on August 10, 2019 for retaliation related to the 2018 incident and released on February 22, 2020 after posting $10,000 bond. However, he was arrested again after San Antonio police found two 21-year-old men shot dead inside a parked car at an apartment complex in that city on May 2, 2020.

According to Bexar County prosecutors and the affidavit of arrest, both victims were shot in the back of the neck while seated inside the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. While police investigated, the two victims’ girlfriends spotted and confronted Zion Limon, demanding to know if he had shot their boyfriends.

After investigators found several firearms and blood-covered clothing in his gym bag, Zion Limon claimed self-defense and requested an attorney, according to the affidavit. He was charged with the capital murder of the two men in what San Antonio Police Chief William McManus then called “a drug deal gone wrong.”

Zion Limon has been in Bexar County Jail for less than $500,000 before his transfer to Comal Jail on Friday. His brother’s trial ends years of preliminary hearings, lawyer changes and withdrawn pleas in both cases.

Steel gave preliminary instructions to the jury and asked members to return at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. With the trial reduced to a single charge, Steel said he expected a speedy trial. He would also assess the punishment.

First-degree felony convictions carry prison sentences ranging from 5 to 99 years to life in prison and fines of up to $20,000.

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