Comal County jurors early Friday began considering the fate of Daniel Jeremy Heredia, the Wallisville man convicted Thursday in the manslaughter of 33-year-old Jennifer Morgan Rivers of Canyon Lake.
On Thursday, the 10-woman, two-man panel deliberated for five hours before finding Heredia, charged with first degree murder, guilty of the lesser charge. He never took the stand during the four-day guilt/innocence phase of the trial before 22nd District Court Judge Bruce Boyer.
Manslaughter, a second-degree felony, is punishable by two and 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Assistant Criminal District Attorney Allison Buess and defense attorney Dan Dworin will begin closing arguments around 1 p.m. Friday.
Heredia has yet to be tried on charges that allege one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair a human course, and six counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
The former is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 maximum fine; the latter is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years and a fine up to $10,000.