The two surviving victims of the Joaquin Country Inn, along with more expert witnesses took to the stand during Monday’s testimony of Deedra Grubbs’ Capital murder trial in Shelby County.
The 39-year old is accused of being an accomplice to her husband, Bobbie, in the deadly incident at the Joaquin Country Inn in April 2012.
In addition, more expert witnesses testified, including a forensic scientist for the Texas Department of Public Safety, along with a DNA analyst with the Texas DPS crime lab, and a Texas Attorney General’s computer forensic specialist.
Quinton “Sam” Watts and Marilyn Retamar both relieved the horrific scene of events for the jury Monday that took place in motel room 129 on April 27, 2012. Robbery was the motive, as Watts told how Bobbie Grubbs shot Martha Chan, first, then him three times and eventually Retamar.
Watts said Bobbie Grubbs took his wallet and cell phone and keys to his car, which was used by the duo to leave the motel. Prosecuting attorney Ralph Guerrero showed Watts a picture of Bobbie Grubbs, to which he replied, “that’s the man who shot me.” Watts told defense attorney Rudy Valasquez he only saw Bobbie Grubbs in the room during the shootings, and that Deedra never entered the room, never shot him or took his car.
Retamar said she was shot by Bobbie Grubbs in the temple, and said he fatally shot Chan several times. Retamar said Grubbs even touched her to see if she was breathing, and said she held her breath, and waited for him to leave before calling 911.
Retamar’s 18-minute 911 call was played for the jury, and reportedly several became emotional as Retamar begged for help, and described how her friend had died.
Also Monday, John Jackson with the DPS Crime Lab in Houston confirmed the blood found on Bobbie Grubbs shoe was a match to Ms. Chan’s. Bobbie DeWayne Grubbs, was found guilty of capital murder and two charges of aggravated assault on May 19 and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The shooting happened two days after Bobbie burglarized and beat a Deedra's former Montgomery County employer.
Deedra is accused of acting as an accomplice in this incident, as well. She faces the same penalty if found guilty.
Day 5 of testimony resumes this morning in District Judge Charles Mitchell’s courtroom.