Capital murder trial involving deaths of two boys reset for December


Trial has been rescheduled for December in the case of a man accused of killing two boys, ages 3 and 7, by intentionally crashing his truck into the van they were riding in on Jan. 13 in DeKalb, Texas.

Zachary Blaise Salazar, 22, is charged with two counts of capital murder and four counts of aggravated assault. The case was set for a jury trial this week before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell but was rescheduled for the week of Dec. 6 at a hearing Monday.

The state is not seeking the death penalty for Salazar. If found guilty of capital murder in the death of either of the boys Salazar will face life without parole.

Salazar faces 2 to 20 years on each of the aggravated assault charges.

Salazar was allegedly upset over a disagreement with his pregnant girlfriend and had threatened to wreck his pickup truck on purpose moments before he smashed into a van on U.S. Highway 82 in DeKalb on the night of Jan. 13. Two young boys, Riley Burgess, 7, and James Crowley, 3, were killed in the crash.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Salazar had been arguing with his girlfriend via Facebook Messenger and had threatened he would kill himself or someone else. After the girlfriend blocked Salazar from her account, he allegedly showed up at her residence 45 minutes later.

When made to leave by a member of the girlfriend’s family, Salazar allegedly said, “Fuck it, I’ll go wreck.”

The girlfriend and her family heard sirens a short time later and traveled to the crash scene where they informed members of law enforcement about Salazar’s alleged threats.

Witnesses reported that Salazar was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed with his vehicle’s bright lights activated. The driver of the van that was hit said he saw the pickup driving into his lane with its brights on and at a high rate of speed. He reportedly tried to pull to the side of the road to avoid a collision but was struck by Salazar’s truck, killing the two boys and injuring other occupants of the van.

Salazar is being held in the Bowie County jail with bail set at $5 million.

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