‘Demons, evil’: Witness testimony for prosecution continues Monday for Kyle parent accused of killing young son

Hays
Stevie Dwayne Williams, 24, and Dazrine Ruth Chagoya-Williams, 20,

Kyle, TEXAS (KXAN) — Trial proceedings continued Monday in what is expected to be a roughly two-week-long trial in Hays County to determine if Stevie Dwayne Williams killed his two-year-old son, Mason.

The young boy’s mother, Dazrine Ruth Chagoya-Williams, is also facing capital murder charges.

The prosecution is expected to wrap up with final witnesses on Monday.

Previously in this trial

Body camera footage of a Kyle Police Department detective’s interview with Stevie following the boy’s death took up much of Friday morning. In it, Stevie told police that something “evil” was behind his son’s death.

“Something not worldly hurt our babies,” he told police on his grandmother’s front porch.

Though detectives push Stevie to explain what happened to Mason, he maintains throughout the interview, which is more than an hour-long, that he and his wife are innocent.

On Thursday morning the jury in Stevie’s case heard from two of Dazrine’s half-sisters, Amanda Delcueto and Lindsay Ortiz.

Delcueto temporarily took custody of Mason after he was removed from his parents’ by child protective services early in 2017 after signs of physical trauma were found.

After abiding by CPS’ reunification process, Stevie and Dazrine had Mason returned to them, a former CPS caseworker testified. That reunification happened less than a year before Mason died in July of 2018.

In the afternoon Thursday, the jury heard from other family members of the couple including Dazrine’s father and Stevie’s mother and grandmother. Those family members were asked to testify to whether or not they had previously seen bruising on the boy.

Before the jury was allowed to go home Thursday night, they also briefly heard from a detective with the Kyle Police Department and the doctor who did Mason’s autopsy.

Dr. Suzanna Dana walked the jury through several photos of Mason’s body taken during the autopsy. She told the jury that her determination was that Mason’s chest had been compressed hard enough to stop oxygen from flowing to the brain and other parts of the body, which is what caused his death.

During opening remarks Wednesday, the state laid out a roadmap for jurors of what they would be seeing and hearing over the next two weeks including testimony from first responders, Williams’ family and their family doctor.

Williams’ attorney started the trial by suggesting that Williams’ wife was the person behind the boy’s death.

On the first day jurors heard from the 911 dispatcher who took the call from Dazrine on the Fourth of July, the day the boy was found dead. The recording of that call was played in court.

“My son, my son didn’t wake up from his nap,” Dazrine can be heard saying in that recording. “He, we, we can’t get him up.

Jurors also heard from several first responders Wednesday and watched body camera footage showing a police officer’s arrival on scene and interaction with the couple.

Stevie and his wife, Dazrine, are both facing capital murder charges in the death of their son, Mason, who died in Kyle in July 2018.

KXAN digital reporter Grace Reader is sitting in on the trial and will be giving live updates from the courtroom. Please note that some of the details might be graphic and disturbing.

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