‘Road rage’ murder trial postponed on eve of opening arguments

The jury trial for 33-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a 27-year-old man during a “road rage” incident was postponed at the last minute.

Opening arguments in the case of Fabian Paredes were scheduled to begin Wednesday morning, but the parties were unable to pick a jury.

Paredes is accused of shooting Joshua David Sanchez once, killing the man, Oct. 9, 2017, at about 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of 10th Avenue and West McIntyre Street — right outside the Hidalgo County Courthouse where he now faces a trial on a charge of murder.

Sanchez died on the way to the hospital after authorities discovered him inside a white passenger vehicle that had jumped the curb and crashed into a light pole.

He died from a single gunshot wound to his upper torso.

Several days following Sanchez’s death, Edinburg police arrested Paredes and his wife, Jillian Rae Hanson-Paredes, on Oct. 13, 2017.

Hanson-Paredes was charged with murder, but the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office did not send her case to a grand jury.