Colvin guilty of aggravated assault; acquitted of manslaughter

A Travis County jury has found Kurtiss Colvin guilty of aggravated
assault but has acquitted him of manslaughter in the beating death of
David Morales during the aftermath of the 2007 Austin Juneteenth
celebration. Check back for this developing story.

During closing arguments in Kurtiss Colvin’s manslaughter and
aggravated assault trial this afternoon, prosecutors contended that
even though a teenager leveled the final blow against David Morales,
Colvin helped cause Morales’ death by punching him first during the
aftermath of the 2007 Austin Juneteenth celebration.

“A man is dead and if eight people caused it, eight people should be
held accountable. We know of two, and two people should be held
accountable,” Assistant District Attorney Bill Bishop said.

Defense lawyers for Colvin argued that the 22-year-old former Golden
Gloves boxer acted in self-defense that day and that it was 16-year-old
Samuel Byrd, who was convicted of manslaughter in juvenile court, who
killed Morales.

“Mr. Colvin was only trying to get away from the scene for his own
safety and that’s exactly what he did,” said defense lawyer Keith
Lauerman. Lauerman noted that a box-cutter was recovered from Morales’
pants later that night.

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