Defense claims protection of property in Lenora Frago murder trial

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by Brix Fowler / KENS 5

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Posted on May 17, 2013 at 6:40 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Wiping away tears, an emotional Christopher Perkins took the stand today as the first witness in the murder trial of Ezekiel "Zeke" Gilbert.

"For $150, Mr. Zeke opened fire on my car and shot my friend. He took a mother from her daughter," Perkins said.

The defense claimed Perkins wasn't just Lenora Frago's friend, but also her pimp on the night she was allegedly gunned down by Gilbert at the Camino Real Apartments on Christmas Eve 2009.

"The holes in my car and the blood in her neck were evidence of a gun," Perkins said.

The prosecution argued Gilbert became enraged and shot the escort after she and Perkins attempted to leave with the $150 he paid them without ever getting sex.

That's sex Perkins said Gilbert was never going to get.

"If I found out you were having sex, you were fired. Period. End of discussion," Perkins said.

The defense doesn't deny Gilbert shot and killed Frago. It argued instead that the shooting was justified because Frago and Perkins were attempting to take his $150. Therefore, he was just trying to defend his property.

"The responsibility lies with him," Perkins said. "He was the one holding the gun."

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