KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Testimony began Wednesday in what is expected to be a roughly two-week-long trial to determine if Stevie Dwayne Williams killed his two-year-old son.
Stevie and his wife, Dazrine Ruth Chagoya-Williams, are both facing capital murder charges in the death of their son who died in Kyle in July 2018.
Kyle police say when they responded to the family’s home in the 300 block of Marquitos Drive on July 4, 2018, they found the toddler in the front hall, not breathing. Police said officers saw “bruising on his left and right rib area, bruising on his back and bruising on his forehead.”
At the time, Dazrine told officers that when Stevie went into the child’s room, he wasn’t alive anymore. Her “only explanation was ‘something (not someone) attacked him or something,'” an affidavit said. Stevie had told police that “something not worldly” had hurt the child, stating that it could be “demons, evil,” the affidavit said.
During opening remarks Wednesday morning, 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. She has also been charged with murder in the case.
After opening comments, jurors first 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.
KXAN digital reporter Grace Reader is following day two of this trial, which you can find details on here.