A woman who previously was implicated in the 2008 murder of Rey Valdez took the stand Wednesday to give her testimony in exchange for a dismissal of her charges.
The second day of the Billy Wayne Haynes murder trial revealed more about the situations surrounding the early morning of Oct. 9, 2008, when a former lovers’ dispute led to a fistfight and later to a shooting after members of the Aryan Circle were called to retaliate.
Summer Wilkins, who was Haynes’ girlfriend at the time, explained her role in the shooting, but said she thought it only would be a fight and didn’t know Haynes’ intentions.
Wilkins became a member of the Aryan Circle in 2001 or 2002, she said, although she no longer is a member of the gang.
She was with Haynes when they met with other members of the gang at the 7-Eleven on Eighth Street and Loop 338.
Wilkins said she drove her vehicle to Dwain Barina’s house to exact revenge on the people who they believed fought with Scott.
After the shooting, Wilkins said Haynes told the group he believed he shot one of the people at the house.
“Were you ever told what to say?” prosecutor Brooke Hendricks asked.
“I was told what not to say,” Wilkins said. “Basically to not tell the truth.”
When defense attorney Jason Leach questioned Wilkins, he focused on her not telling the truth during initial interviews.
She agreed to his question that at some point between January 2009 and April 2009, she decided she would tell a different version of her story, which she said was the truth.
Leach said when she agreed, she was granted a personal recognizance bond, allowing her to get out of jail without paying any money, as opposed to her previous $100,000 bond. Part of her bond conditions included being available to the District Attorney’s Office for interviews and testifying.
But instead of telling the truth, Leach said her motivations were elsewhere.
“You don’t care about telling the truth, do you?” he said as she began to cry. “You care about getting out and taking care of Summer, don’t you?”
“Everybody cares about themselves,” she said, through sobs.
Haynes also was wiping away tears at times during her testimony.
Barina was a witness later in the day, describing the events for the first time from the other side of the shooting.
He said during the fistfight, he knocked out Scott after dodging a punch, and tried to keep Fierros to the ground because she repeatedly attacked him.
“She said, ‘Dwain, I know where you live. You don’t know who you’re messing with. You’re dead,’ ” Barina said.
A group of at least 15 people then got out of cars and entered his fence, he said. Barina said he pulled out a shotgun and yelled at them, and they scattered away from inside the fence.
He then heard several shots, Barina said, and went inside to find Valdez injured.
The 9-1-1 call was played for the jury to hear, at which point Barina began to cry on the witness stand for the first time, hearing his own voice along with the voices of his family and Valdez.
He said in his testimony, as well as on the 9-1-1 call, that the wound didn’t initially look bad.
But he and others in the house said during that call that the people who converged on their house were still outside.
“Were you afraid to go back to your home that night?” Hendricks said.
“I still am,” Barina said.
BEFORE THE SHOOTING
What transpired up until the shooting, according to the opening statement by the prosecution:
Tracey Roupp became angry with his child’s mother, and still roommate, Hannah Fierros and her boyfriend George Scott; Scott is a member of the Aryan Circle.
When Fierros wanted to bring Scott home alone, Roupp called Dwain Barina and Valdez, who was dating Barina’s daughter.
The three then got in a fight with Fierros and Scott. Fierros then threatened Barina.
Fierros and Scott called several other Aryan Circle members; David Callaway, Kevin Jackson, Greta Caldwell, Summer Wilkins and Billy Wayne Haynes, all of whom met outside Barina’s home at 7305 Hughes Lane. Kenneth Griffin and Horace Chunn also were called but are not Aryan Circle members.
Callaway, Jackson, Caldwell, Wilkins, Scott, Fierros and Haynes were initially arrested and charged in the murder, but Fierros, Caldwell and Callaway were not indicted.