HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The state rested its case Thursday in the trial of Dazrine Chagoya-Williams, the Kyle mom who allegedly murdered her nearly two-year-old son, Mason, in 2018. She will not testify in her trial.

Over the last week and a half, prosecutors brought forward more than two dozen witnesses and presented roughly 200 pieces of evidence to a jury that will decide over the next few days whether Chagoya-Williams, alongside her husband and the child’s father, Stevie Williams, is guilty of capital murder in the death of their young son.

Stevie was found guilty in October 2021 of the same charge. He is appealing that verdict, court records show.

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Stevie Dwayne Williams, 24, and Dazrine Ruth Chagoya-Williams, 20,
Stevie Williams, 24 (left) and Dazrine Chagoya-Williams, 20 (right)

Dell Children’s expert talks about injuries to Mason, his sister

The final witness for the state was Dr. Marion Forbes, a Dell Children’s pediatric and child abuse expert, who began testimony Wednesday afternoon by walking the jury through X-rays and findings from a hospital visit for Mason in 2017. This is the visit that led CPS to remove Mason from his parents for nearly a year.

During that visit, which was originally for burns that Mason’s parents claimed were accidental, Mason was found to have fractures; one in his wrist and more than a dozen in his ribs.

Mason was returned to Stevie and Chagoya-Williams in December of 2017 and CPS monitored the family until March of 2018. Mason died only a few months later, in July.

Forbes testified the injuries from Mason’s 2017 hospital visit were similar to the injuries that led to his death less than two years later. “The only difference being in 2017 the chest trauma was not long enough to inhibit breathing long enough to cause death,” she said.

Forbes also walked the jury through X-ray images and findings from a visit for Mason’s sister, baby Dazrine, the day after Mason died. The baby had external bruising, a fracture in her shoulder area, nearly two dozen rib fractures, damage to her kidney and a skull fracture, among other internal injuries. Those injuries were at various stages of healing, suggesting they were inflicted at different times, Forbes testified.

“They both had evidence of the same mechanism of trauma, being that violent, aggressive squeezing of the chest leading to rib fractures and internal injuries and to Mason’s death from the extent of the compression of the chest,” Forbes testified. She also said they both had fractures that would indicate a yanking or flailing of an arm.

What happens next in this trial

After the state rested its case, the defense had its chance to present witnesses and evidence to the jury. Chagoya-Williams did not give her first-hand account of what happened to the jury.

“I do not want to testify,” she said under oath while the jury was not present.

The defense did ask a few clarifying questions of baby Dazrine’s adoptive father and Linda Chagoya, Chagoya-Williams’ mom Thursday afternoon. They also brought some of Chagoya-Williams’ family members that are not next of kin to the stand. The defense appeared to be trying to prove that Chagoya-Williams did not have a history of violence.

“She’s never been aggressive with me, or violent,” a niece said. The state challenged how well those family members really knew Chagoya-Williams after their relationship severed or was strained because of Stevie.

The final witness for the defense was a member of Kyle PD victims’ services, Kelly Barron. Barron testified she heard Chagoya-Williams whisper to Stevie, “you did this, didn’t you?” on the scene of Mason’s death to which Stevie did not respond. After the judge allowed that statement to be brought before the jury, the state said it could call a detective from Kyle PD back to the stand Friday morning to refute the claim. The state also asked Barron if that statement “could have been in reference to anything” to which Barron responded, “yes.”

After both the defense and state are satisfied with the evidence provided, they will meet and discuss charges that will be presented to the jury. After that, closing arguments will take place and the jury will be sent to deliberate. It took a jury roughly eight hours to come to an agreeance about Stevie being guilty in October.