Man accused in shooting death of DPS trooper to appear in court

The 24-year-old man accused of killing Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Moises Sanchez is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning on charges of capital murder of a peace officer.

Victor Godinez had appeared in court last week to face arraignment on the charges that also include attempted capital murder of a peace officer, but he did not have an attorney.

The attorney in his attempted capital murder case, Sergio Muñoz, called court staff to inform them that Godinez had not hired him in this case.

Godinez claimed he thought he would be able to hire an attorney. As of early Friday afternoon, court records did not indicate whether he had hired an attorney.

A Hidalgo County grand jury indicted Godinez, of Edinburg, Sept. 19, following the Aug. 24 passing of Sanchez, who died following surgery.

Godinez is accused of shooting Sanchez once in the head and once in the shoulder and of shooting, and missing, at two other officers, who apprehended him.

Authorities recovered a .357 revolver at the scene.

Godinez remains jailed on $3 million in bonds.