Murder trial continues for man who killed his childhood friend

Gilberto Perez
Gilberto Perez

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas man is on trial, accused of brutally murdering his childhood friend.

Gilberto Perez was arrested and charged with killing Wesley Tyrone Hawthorne in August of last year.

Relatives say the two men grew up together.

Reports say they had gone out drinking the night of the murder when Perez turned on Hawthorne, beating him to death.

The trial is expected to finish up Friday.