Man Indicted for Killing Abilene Mother

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A suspect accused of shooting and killing an Abilene woman in front of her daughter in May has been indicted.

Manuel Talavera, 45, was indicted on a murder charge in connected to the death of Sona Olivia Trucks, 40.

Trucks was killed inside a home on the 1900 block of Clinton Street on May 22, 2016. Family members say she was shot in front of her daughter, who was turning eleven the next day.

Court documents say a witness, identified by family members as Trucks’ daughter, told police Talavera was the man who fatally shot her mother.

She, “described watching [Talavera] hit Trucks in the head with a gun”, the documents reveal.

Trucks’ daughter then heard a gun fire then discovered Trucks had been shot in the abdomen, according to the documents, which say Trucks was deceased by the time emergency crews arrived on scene.

Danielle Rosales, Trucks’ sister, claims family members went over to Trucks’ house the same day she was killed and tried to convince her to leave her abusive relationship. Her attempt to get her sister to safety didn’t work because Trucks refused to leave.

Rosales spoke out to KTAB and KRBC, pleading with other domestic violence victims, saying, “Please don’t hide. . . if something is going on, please tell. Don’t be scared. . . if you are in the same situation, Please, PLEASE, leave.”

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