Abilene man tells jury he stabbed man to death in self-defense
ABILENE, Texas - The Abilene man on trial for murder in a 2015 stabbing told jurors that he stabbed the victim multiple times out of self-defense.
Noe Trevino, 24, admitted to stabbing Lewis Maston 10 times in March 2015 outside of the Ol' Skool Club in south Abilene, but he told jurors that Maston approached him in an aggressive manner. Trevino said Maston swung at him twice and for every swing, he stabbed back.
Trevino recounted the night as a night out to celebrate his cousin's birthday at La Nueva Luna night club. His cousins also took the stand and said Trevino was escorting them back to his car once the club closed.
Trevino said Maston's granddaughters and his cousins were arguing. Trevino said he was also arguing with Maston's granddaughters when Maston approached angrily and started swinging. Trevino told the court he feared for his life. He said Maston appeared intoxicated.
Trevino told the jury he left to Iowa to stay with family because he was receiving threats and feared for his life.
Maston's younger brother, Robert, took the stand and testified to his brother's character, saying that Lewis wasn't the type of person to start a fight but the kind that would break one up. Robert told the jury about his brother's past battle with drugs, but said he's been clean since being arrested in 2010. The prosecution presented Lewis's toxicology report from the day of his murder. It showed no drugs in Maston's system but did show alcohol.
The state and the defense rested their cases Tuesday, and the trial will resume Wednesday morning with the charge and closing statements.