CHICAGO (CBS) – “This was not an accident” – that’s what the family of a Chicago policeman shot dead by his wife, also a Chicago police officer, is saying.
They protested outside her trial this morning. CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reported Tuesday that they think the justice system is taking her lightly.
Officer Jacqueline Villaseñor unfettered, charged with involuntary manslaughter in her husband’s death. But the family says the incident should not be treated as a major accident and it could have been prevented.
Forty-four-year-old German Villaseñor was awarded a hero title earlier this month. At his funeral, his parents, granted short-term entry to the US from Mexico, were presented with a Chicago flag. His heartbroken colleagues have served as defenders.
But close behind the aisle was the person prosecutors believe was responsible for pulling the trigger – his wife, fellow Jacqueline Villaseñor.
“Ever since they told me and I went inside, I saw the room and no, this was not an accident, no,” said Germany’s aunt, Blanca Niña. “They need to be fair.”
Niña said she questioned the account that said in court – that Jacqueline and German were in their bedroom on November 2, arguing about a recent affair, when she took a weapon from a bag. skin and threatened suicide.
Prosecutors said Germany tried to get a weapon, and the couple began to struggle, when the gun went off and Duc was shot in the chest. It looks like Jacqueline has been drinking, but she refuses to check.
“She needs to be held accountable and she needs to be locked up, simple and straightforward,” said the German’s uncle, Genaro Martinez.
Genaro Martinez, was left stunned by the involuntary manslaughter allegation — and the fact that she paid $5,000 for a mortgage without electronic supervision.
“We asked her to wear an ankle monitor. If they know alcohol is involved, they should have an ankle monitor. Again, investigate to the fullest extent of the law. ”
Julie Contreras of the community organization United Giving Hope worries that the German, a person of color, would not be treated the same if the roles were reversed. They are planning to closely monitor the incident. As did some fellow German officers who sided with unity.
“This is the criminal activity she did and that is unacceptable,” Martinez said.
A spokeswoman for the Cook County District Attorney’s Office said she could not comment because the case is pending litigation. Villaseñor returned to court on Tuesday, where the case continued through December 2.
German’s family said they were planning to stand outside again – this time to pray.