Jury Selected For “Smiling” Manslaughter Trial

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Twelve jurors were selected Monday in the high profiled trial for Taylor Nicole Ramirez. This comes nearly one year since she was arrested for hitting motorcyclist David Salinas from behind. On August 30th, 2016, According to Harlingen Police Department records, Ramirez was drinking at Tipsy Tavern. Shortly after leaving the bar, at approximately 1:40 am officers responded to the intersection of Loop 499 and East Grimes Avenue. There officers found David Salinas with serious injuries and according to court records ultimately served as a cause of death. Ramirez failed a field sobriety exam at the scene but refused to provide a breath sample and was transported to Valley Baptist Medical Center for a blood draw. According to Cameron County court records, the phlebotomist who drew Ramirez’s blood is set to testify. Also set to testify is the forensic pathologist who determined the cause of death and the forensic scientist with Texas Department of Public Safety’s Crime Laboratory who tested Rarmirez’s blood. State District Judge Janet Leal advised jurors to stay away from social media, blogs, watching news coverage and doing any type of research for the high profiled case. Outrage spewed from the community as Ramirez’s booking photo was made public. Many calling for swift justice as Ramirez appears to be smiling hours after the deadly incident. 

Ramirez’s family and attorney John Blaylock did not comment. In fact Ramirez’s Intoxication Manslaughter case was set to be tried late March. The trial was delayed when Ramirez’s sought alternative council and let go attorney Gabriela Garcia. News Center 23 has spoken with the Salinas family in previous reports. On Monday the family was did not comment on camera but did say they are coping with the loss of the brother. Judge Janet Leal expects the trial to last no more than two weeks. 

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