Late breaking news: A four-man, eight-woman, jury returned a verdict of not guilty in the trial of Steven Silva Wednesday afternoon.) Tuesday, testimony began in the trial of Steven Silva, accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to District Attorney Michael Burns, on Nov. 25, 2010, Thanksgiving Day, Silva was the alleged assailant of Eric Torres, who was stabbed twice and received cuts on his hands while trying to defend himself. In his opening remarks to the jury, Burns said Palo Pinto County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Espinoza responded to the residence on Highway 16 near Park Road 36. There he was met by a woman, Monica Cansler, who told him what had transpired. Espinoza also saw Torres sitting on the porch. "He was bleeding pretty freely," the DA said of Torres. The DA alleged that Torres was visiting Cansler's daughter and after Silva arrived he was joined in the back yard by Cansler. "A discussion about a barbecue grill led to an argument," Burns continued. Burns explained that Torres went outside, saw Silva on top of Cansler on the ground and ran to help the woman. In the ensuing fight, Torres was stabbed once in the shoulder and once in the left side. Espinoza testified that when he arrived, Torres was bleeding. "He was losing a lot of blood," the deputy said. He also testified that Cansler had red marks and bruising on her throat and arms. The deputy said Silva had left. Espinoza got his cell number, called him and asked him to return or come to the sheriff's office.


"He said he needed to speak to an attorney first; he said he would call me back. He didn't."