BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS
GILMER–A 115th District Court jury was chosen Monday for an illegal immigrant who fled the United States after being charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection with a 2014 auto accident, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd.
Testimony in the case of Noe Paz-Aguillon, 30, of Mexico, was to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday (July 10) after this newspaper’s deadline for its edition.
He is charged with both the death of Charles Kenneth Gibbs, 73, of Overton, and aggravated assault with deadly weapon of Gibbs’ wife, Carol Gibbs, then 56, who was injured in the Jan. 18, 2014 two-vehicle crash.
It occurred about 10 miles northeast of Gilmer on Texas 155 when sport utility vehicles driven by Aguillon and Charles Gibbs collided after Aguillon crossed the center line, the Texas Department of Public Safety said at the time. Aguillon was injured in the accident, the DPS said.
Aguillon was hospitalized until Feb. 1, 2014, when he was released to the custody of the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office before being released Feb. 4, 2014 to federal authorities on a detainer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Byrd said.
Once in federal custody, the suspect was taken to a Dallas facility, where the federal government released him under home arrest before he fled the country and returned to Mexico, the prosecutor added in a news release.
“Mr. Aguillon had previously been deported twice from the United States prior to this (2014) offense” and re-entered the country illegally before he was apprehended April 4 of this year in Oklahoma, Byrd said. Upshur County Sheriff Larry Webb said Aguillon was arrested in Oklahoma City.
The nighttime crash occurred when Aguillon’s northeast-bound 2000 Infiniti QX4 collided with the Gibbs’ southwest-bound 2004 Toyota 4 Runner .2 of a mile west of Periwinkle Road, the DPS said at the time.
Carol Gibbs, a front-seat passenger, and her husband were wearing safety belts and their airbag deployed, the department added.
115th District Judge Lauren Parish was presiding in the trial. Longview attorney Craig Bass was representing Aguillon.