Mike Skurka's closing:
Skurka: I am
going to talk to you about the facts of this case. Our best witness
is no longer with us. Yolanda Saldivar killed her, shot her in the
back. The defendant left her mark with a bullet hole in the back,
Selena left her mark on the world.
Chris Perez said that she went to Mexico to make sure she got
most of the records back. Common sense tells you that this is not an
Tinker wants you to think that there is a conspiracy against
Yolanda Saldivar, that we were lying.
Abraham Quintanilla never had her under his thumb. He was just a
caring father that is the product of a productive son and another
daughter. They were just a close knit family. It is obvious she
wasn't under his thumb because she went on to be owner two
boutiques, designer clothes coming out in Mexico; the defense's
theory is just hogwash.
Chris Perez said he and Selena did not trust her, things were
coming up missing and she did not trust her. Yolanda Saldivar's
briefcase was in the truck behind the seat with all kinds of records
in it. She had the other information all along. But she lured Selena
to the motel to kill her. The defendant (pointing) right there shot
her in the back and killed her.
There are seven lies that Yolanda Saldivar has told:
1. about the rape by Abraham Quintanilla
2. that she cared for terminally ill patients when she was a
3. that she chaperoned the boutiques
4. that she didn't need the gun, her dad had bought her one
5. the fact that she was raped in Mexico
6. about how she received her injuries and
7. when she said that she was not involved in the shooting
It was testified during this trial that the only way the gun can
discharge is if you pull the trigger.
When Yolanda Saldivar checked into the Days Inn, she had no extra
bags and her clothes were not torn. The only thing the front desk
clerk noticed was that she looked a little tired. Later, after the
shooting, the clothes were torn with a big hole on the side, the
v-neck ripped and a big tear along the inside of the pants, no tears
were in the waist. Don't you think the clerk would have noticed if
her clothes were torn up like that?
Norma Martinez heard Yolanda Saldivar say "bitch" after she heard
a boom! Is that what you would call your best friend? You would not
carry a gun that you've just shot your best friend with around if
it's an accident.
She never told the hostage officer that it was an accident. She
blamed it on everything except an accident. No files on the bed, no
gun came out of the purse, the purse was locked in the safe. How
could the defendant not know that she had shot Selena when there was
blood all over the door and the entrance way to the room where she
fired that fatal shot? Forget the accident, its hogwash.
Carlos Valdez's closing
I am asking that you find the defendant guilty, because she is.
Use your common sense. Yolanda Saldivar lured Selena over to the
motel by telling her she had the records. Yolanda Saldivar said it
is like you have killed you own son, not like you've killed your
She had an opportunity to make changes to her statement but she
never did. She even made marks on the document but she never added
the word accident or waiving the gun. There is no evidence that this
was a accident. If that is all a person has to do is shoot someone
and just say it was an accident, we could never convict the person.
I made up a calendar to show you the events that happened leading
up to the day that Yolanda Saldivar (pointing at her) shot and
killed Selena Quintanilla Perez:
Meeting on March 9, accusing Yolanda Saldivar of theft.
March 10 Yolanda Saldivar goes to Quintanilla production and
Abraham Quintanilla runs her off
March 11 Yolanda Saldivar goes and picks out a gun and pays a
$100 deposit. Because of the law she can't just go purchase and
pick, she has to wait.
March 13 She goes back to the gun store and pays her balance and
picks up the gun. The same day a letter was signed found in her
purse of resigning, but it was never signed.
March 15 For some strange reason she takes the gun back.
March 16 She is in Mexico with Selena
March 26 She fired Yolanda Saldivar without getting all the
March 27-30 Yolanda is in Mexico with her sister. She drops here
sister off in San Antonio and picks up the gun.
March 30 Yolanda checks into the motel and calls Selena to come
over to pick up the rest of the records but Yolanda couldn't shoot
her that night because Selena's husband was waiting in the car. So
she calls her again early the next morning to tell her she had been
raped while she was in Mexico. Selena goes over and tells her its
over, she's fired. Yolanda Saldivar pulls the gun out of her purse
and shoots her in the back and calls her a bitch.
The defendant hates Abraham Quintanilla and this is how she hurt
him, by killing his daughter.
I wish Selena could walk through that back door, with her smile
lighting up this room and say "Come on Mom and Dad, let's go home."
Judge: The jury
may now go to deliberate to decide this case.
The jury goes to the jury room to deliberate.