GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) - Seven phone calls were made in a 21-minute span between the cell phones of Nick Pascale and Enrique Recio on the morning of Feb. 3, 2012.
The final five went unanswered.
“He was scared, he was worried,” testified Pascale on Thursday at the murder trial of Fred Yazdi. “He said ‘Man, I’m worried. Can you come help me?”
Pascale said he and Recio were best friends and the two had been out that night for a show at Mohawk and went to Sixth Street afterwards.
His testimony helped paint a timeline of the events that led to Recio being shot and killed in front of Yazdi’s Avery Ranch home.
The friends left the downtown area around 1:15 a.m. according to Pascale and the two said goodbye when Recio left Pascale’s apartment.
As Enrique left, Pascale asked him “Are you cool, man?”
Recio responded, “Yeah, I am cool.”
Toxicology reports would show Recio’s blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit, but Pascale said he did not see any indications that Recio was intoxicated. He also said he did not see Recio smoke marijuana that night even though the drug was found in Recio’s toxicology.
About 20 minutes after leaving Pascale’s apartment, the first of the seven phone calls between the two was made at 2:51 a.m.
“He was pretty frightened and said he got in a wreck,” said Pascale who, along with a friend, immediately began driving towards the location where Recio was asking help.
Five minutes later, Recio made another call to Pascale to tell him he was on Granite Shoals Road.
That was the last communication the friends would ever have.
Phone records show Pascale would make five phone calls to Recio from 3:03 a.m to 3:12 a.m. and all went unanswered.
When Pascale made it to Avery Ranch, he went towards the two Austin Police patrol cars with their lights flashing.
He then saw his friend lying on the ground next to them.
“They did not know why I was there. I explained I was on my way to get Enrique. They told me to step back and then they came and explained to me that he had been shot.”
During defense cross-examination, Pascale testified despite Recio’s BAC, he did not feel his friend was drinking to excess the night he was killed and said the two did not smoke marijuana together that night.
Pascale described Recio as a “standup kind of guy, relaxed, funny,” but was not a heavy drinker.
Yazdi spoke during transport
Without being asked any questions, Fred Yazdi voluntarily spoke about the shooting to the police officer transporting him for questioning.
In video taken from the patrol car, Yazdi can be heard saying “Sir, I want you to know I gave this man many opportunities to stop. He did not. He turned around towards me and I was in fear of my life.”
Yazdi’s defense team is trying to show the jury he felt Recio was armed and was a danger to his home and family.
During opening statements, defense attorney Bob Phillips said Yazdi fired when Recio turned towards the home whole stepping over a wrought-iron fence and a cell-phone in Recio’s hand was believed to be a gun.
Recio family emotional in court
Sitting in the front row of the courtroom, a woman in the Recio family began audibly sobbing as crime scene pictures were shown in open court, some of them depicting Enrique Recio lying on the sidewalk.
Defense attorney Bob Phillips asked for a meeting at the judge's bench to discuss the crying. Judge Bert Richardson told attorneys the family had a right to be in the courtroom, but asked they at least move back a few rows away from the jury if they were having trouble staying composed.
Upon the resumption of testimony, the woman rushed out of the courtroom very emotional. Even once she was outside, her cries were so loud, court was delayed for a few moments.
A homicide detective poured through photos of Yazdi's home and testified there did not appear to be any signs of forced entry on the door frame or any windows. Vehicles in the driveway also looked undisturbed.
Yazdi told officers someone was banging on his front door.
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