Families of the victim and suspect in the manslaughter trial of 31-year old David Alvarez were called into the courtroom just after 11 a.m. Thursday as the judge prepared to announce the verdict.
Alvarez was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the June 2013 assault of 25-year old Aaron Juarez, who died as a result of the incident.
The assault stemmed from an argument over a door ding in the parking lot of the Whataburger on Cimarron and Saratoga. Alvarez punched Juarez with enough force to knock him to the ground, where he then hit his head on the pavement and died from his injury.
Alvarez was found not guilty on charges of use of a deadly weapon, as jurors decided that the pavement could not be considered a deadly weapon.
A charge of criminally negligent homicide is punishable by a minimum of 180 days in state jail and a maximum of two years.
Kiii News Anchor Rudy Trevino went Live from the Nueces County Courthouse with details about the sentencing phase of the trial, which began at 2:30 p.m.