SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Jury deliberations will begin Monday in the murder trial of a trainer accused of opening fire at a Vista boxing club after being barred from the gym, killing another trainer and wounding two others.
Mark Anthony Diaz, 50, is charged with murder, attempted murder, assault with a firearm and making a threat. He faces 75 years to life in prison, if convicted.
Diaz allegedly killed 52-year-old Hector Gil and wounded 21-year-old boxer Ricardo "Ricky" Gutierrez and trainer Peter Moreno at Pacific Coast Gym the night of April 7, 2010.
Albert Gamez, a "cut man" who knew both the defendant and the victim, testified during the trial that Diaz called him last February and asked him not to help Gutierrez with an upcoming fight because Diaz and Gutierrez had had a disagreement. Gutierrez had decided to train with Hector Gil, Gamez testified.
The witness said Gil told him that Diaz had been threatening him, according to court testimony.
At another fighter's bout in April 2010, Gil had Gamez listen to voice mail messages from Diaz, the witness testified.
Gamez said Diaz left a message saying he was "going to blast him or shoot him."
"He (the defendant) said, `I'm going to blast you, I'm going to shoot you. You're gonna die," Gamez testified.
"He (Gil) was clearly bothered by it," the witness testified.
Gamez said he tried to call Diaz to explain why he was helping Gutierrez, but Diaz never returned his calls.
The witness said Diaz left another message for Gil that said, "You're (expletive) with the wrong person. You watch. You watch. You're gonna get yours."
Salvador Gonzalez, who took his son to train at Pacific Coast Gym, said he and Gil became close, and the victim confided in him about a month before the shooting that Diaz had threatened to hurt him because he had taken his fighter.
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