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Defense begins arguments in 2011 Vacaville murder

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From page A3 | January 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

Sidney Wilson

Sidney Wilson

FAIRFIELD — Family members described the relationship of Sidney Wilson and Victoria Corral as loving and passionate.

The prosecution painted a different picture, citing several incidents from the past seven years where police were called to altercations between the two.

Wilson is accused of murder for killing Corral in September 2011 in the Vacaville garage while their children were in the home. Defense attorney Nick Filloy said the incident happened in the heat of the moment.

The jury heard testimony Wednesday from several Vacaville police officers, who described the bloody scene in the garage of the Cambridge Drive home. Included was an audio recording of the officers trying to coax Wilson from the garage before arresting him.

Filloy ended the day with testimony from Wilson’s grandmother and aunt. The relatives both talked about the time Wilson lived with them and the relationship between the couple. His grandmother said she never witnessed any arguments between the two.

His aunt described witnessing a handful of incidents where the two argued. She said Corral would use derogatory terms and was the aggressor. The aunt said Wilson wouldn’t react to the verbal abuse, but would rather shake his head and leave to defuse the situation.

For both witnesses, Ray produced several incidents where police were called to the home to separate the couple. Ray read accounts of police reports where Wilson was accused of hitting Corral. She also included two instances where one of the children testified to seeing Wilson abuse Corral.

The grandmother repeatedly said those accounts didn’t change her view of Wilson as being nonviolent. His aunt said at least one of the claims was “unacceptable,” but said she didn’t witness any of the alleged incidents so it didn’t change her perception of Wilson.

Filloy is expected to conclude his case starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or dbernardini@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.
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