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Traffic accident shooter pleads guilty to killing Houston teenager

Gerald Willimas, 34, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the death of David Castro, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s office.

Michelle Choi, Michelle Homer, Jaime E. Galvan

10:51 a.m. CST, January 17, 2023

January 17, 2023 11:24 am CST

HOUSTON. A man accused of killing a Houston teenager on the road has agreed to a plea deal.

Gerald Williams, 34, was due to stand trial for the 2021 murder of 17-year-old David Castro. He pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s office.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The video above was filmed in the spring of 2022.

How the police identified Williams

According to court documents, Paul Castro, David’s father, had a verbal altercation with a man driving a white Buick as they left a game at Minute Maid Park. He told the police that the Buick had started chasing them downtown.

Paul Castro told police he sped off trying to avoid a suspect who fired several shots through the rear window of their truck. David Castro was wounded and later died from his injuries.

Court documents say officers obtained surveillance video from nearby Valero and found two shell casings on a U-turn in front of a gas station.

Police said a vehicle matching the description was up for sale through Offer Up, so they tracked down the person who posted the ad. According to court documents, Williams bought the Buick Lacrosse on May 30, and the car could not be found after the fatal shooting.

Police said the burned-out car was found in a field near Williams’ home, and mobile phone records showed Williams was in the area of ​​the shooting at the time it happened.

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