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Moments before, relatives of the victim wept silently as the verdict was read, after which Judge Melisa Skinner began the trial’s sentencing phase. Jurors will be back in the 437th District Court Monday morning for closing arguments and to deliberate punishment.

Edison Carraman, 23, faces up to life in prison. He was 21 when he was arrested and charged in the fatal shooting.

When Michele Carraman — the victim’s mother and first witness of the sentencing phase — was shown a photo of her son, she started sobbing uncontrollably, prompting Skinner to call for a brief break and send the jury out of the courtroom. When she returned, she cried again, saying Kristopher “was the glue that kept all of us together,” and lamented that his sons would not know their father.

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At times, Edison struggled to maintain his composure on the witness stand as he read from a prepared statement.

“It deeply saddens me that Kris is no longer with us. Their children will no longer have their father, to know the man he was,” he said. “I wish he would have called me that night instead of the person who called me.”

Appearing defiant, Edison said he stood by his testimony Thursday.

“I did not kill Kris,” he said. “The person who was with me did. The family feels like it should be me and they should put all of this hate on me. I accept that.”

Edison declined again to name the person who was with him that night when prosecutors asked the name.

During the trial, which began Tuesday, witnesses testified that the family had been having a cookout, making tacos and enjoying each other’s company, which was a regular occurrence for the large family.

Gonzalo Carraman — known as “Chalo,” who is defendant’s cousin and the victim’s uncle — testified Tuesday that he felt it was his responsibility to “defuse” the situation between the men because they were at odds over Edison beginning to date Kristopher’s ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of his sons.

Text messages between Gonzalo and Edison escalated to the men agreeing to meet at a park.

Around 11:30 p.m. that night, the family was outside the home in the 1800 block of West Pyron Avenue on the South Side when a black car slowly drove past the house and someone in the vehicle fired multiple shots.

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Relatives said they heard a familiar voice — Edison Carraman’s — call out “Chalo” with an expletive before shots rang out.

At least four shots were fired into the air, while another hit Kristopher Carraman on his forehead, above the left eyebrow, and exited through the back of his head. He later died at Brooke Army Medical Center.

In a frantic 911 call and in body camera audio and video, relatives are seen trying to stop blood from gushing out of the victim’s head and are heard almost immediately identifying the shooter as Edison Carraman, saying he fired the gun from either the passenger’s side of the car or from the moonroof on top of the car.

Edison Carraman, testifying in his defense on Thursday, told the jury that he drove his car by the house because he was angry that his cousin Gonzalo Carraman had sent him numerous texts and called him nine times about Edison dating his nephew’s ex, and they agreed to meet at a park across from the home.

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The defendant said a friend — whom he would not name, saying he feared for his family — was there to “have his back.” The defendant said that unnamed man, and not him, fired the shots.

“I didn’t think he was going to shoot nobody,” the defendant told the court, adding that when his friend began shooting, Edison told him to fire up into the air.

Testimony established that on the night of the shooting, Kristopher Carraman and his fiancé left the West Pyron Avenue home and took his children to their mother’s house.

Relatives testified that Kristopher Carraman’s ex was his high school sweetheart and that she told him she had begun dating his cousin, Edison Carraman.

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Alexandria Carraman, Kristopher Carraman’s aunt, testified that her nephew “was concerned about Edison being around his son because of some of the activities that Edison participates in,” she told the court Wednesday.

The news disappointed him, she testified.

San Antonio police never recovered the .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun they said was used in the shooting, but ballistics exerts testified that markings on shell casings found at the scene and unspent bullets found in Edison Carraman’s home indicated that they came from the same gun.

In his closing arguments, prosecutor David Martin said that whether Edison Carraman was the driver or the passenger, or whether Gonzalo Carraman was the intended target, Edison Carraman is still guilty of murder.

“Kristopher was the unintended target. Unfortunately, he got hit,” Martin told the jury. Edison Carraman “chose to shoot at a person and killed a person.”

Defense attorney Raymond Martinez noted in his closing arguments that Gonzalo Carraman and his sister Audrey Carraman changed their eyewitness accounts from the day of the shooting, and suggested that they discussed their testimony so it would match.

Gonzalo was heard in the 911 call saying Edison was the passenger and that the shots came from Edison. This week, he said they came from the moonroof. Meanwhile, Audrey initially said Edison was the driver and fired the shots, but on Thursday said she was too emotional that day, when she gave her nephew CPR, and said she now knows he was the passenger.

“They needed to make sure they put him in the passenger’s seat. They changed their story,” Martinez told the jury, before arguing that if his client is guilty, it is for manslaughter and a reckless — but not intentional — act.

Martin, in the second half of his closing, said Edison had a gun and that whether he shot it or asked someone else to, the gun “didn’t go off by itself.”

“That’s murder, whether you are a passenger, a driver or the Easter Bunny.”

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