The former El Paso policeman accused in the drowning death of his baby became emotional Tuesday during his trial.
Prosecutors showed the jury photos of 11-month-old Azrael Licon after he was pulled from an overflowing bathtub in June of 2017. The pictures showed blue spots all over the child, with medical tubes coming out of his body.
That’s when the defendant, 28-year-old Raymond Licon, broke down in the courtroom, crying and shaking as a member of his defense team comforted him.
Two members of the fire department took the stand. They were ones who tried to save the little boy.
As KTSM has reported, Licon is charged with criminal negligent homicide. He is accused of leaving the baby unattended in a bathtub with the water running for roughly 45 minutes as he argued downstairs with his estranged wife on the phone.
When asked whether drownings like this affect him, one of the emergency responders, Andrew Gonzalez told the court, “I think about it every now and again, sir, but I’ve been doing this for 23 years. I’ve kind come to grasps with what I do.”
The defense is attempting to paint this as a tragic accident, saying Licon was a loving father who just lost track of time.
Monique Chavez, a friend of Licon’s who had been texting the defendant earlier in the evening to make plans for later that night, told the jury Azrael and Licon’s other child, a little girl, “were his world.”
When asked by the defense whether she believed Licon was a good father, Chavez replied, “The best I know, probably.”
El Paso Medical Examiner Dr. Janice Diaz-Cavalliery also testified. Diaz-Cavalliery said the baby appeared to be healthy before his death. The examiner ruled the child’s death as an “accident.”
One of the officers who arrived on the scene took the stand before noon Tuesday. He testified the defendant told him something when he arrived. Look for that information coming up tonight on NewsChannel 9 at 5 p.m.