ANGLETON — When Jarret Angst began talking to investigators, he told them his alibi. Hours later, he admitted to witnessing Don Weido’s death.
Angst, 22, didn’t know the 49-year-old Weido, he said during a recorded interview, but he is standing trial after pleading not guilty to capital murder after Weido’s shooting death. The two men aren’t closely connected, according to prosecutors.
Angst’s best friend, Stephen Heiman, who he refers to as his brother in recorded interviews shown to a Brazoria County jury Wednesday, dated Rita Young’s granddaughter in high school, prosecutors said. Heiman and Angst were 21 and 20, respectively, at the time of Weido’s death.
Heiman is serving a life sentence for his capital murder conviction while Young awaits her September trial in Brazoria County jail, according to online records. The three are accused of arranging payment for the killing of Weido, escalating the charges to capital murder.
Young is the ex-mother-in-law of Weido, and wanted Weido dead because Weido and his ex-wife, Young’s daughter, were in a custody battle of their 9-year-old son following a 2011 divorce, according to prosecutors.
Shortly after Weido’s Jan. 22, 2017 death, Young allegedly told prosecutors the men weren’t supposed to kill Weido and she wanted to do it herself, The Facts previously reported.
About four hours of recorded conversations between Angst and Pearland police investigators were played for the jury Wednesday. There will be about seven and a half hours of interview introduced, prosecutor Jessica Pulcher said.
The jury should use common sense when deciding what is true in the statements, defense attorney Robert Miller said.
“Jarret’s statements, they’re long and they’re all over the place,” Miller told the jury during his opening statement Tuesday.
Angst wore a suit and tie Tuesday, as he has each day this week. His hair is much longer than when police took his photo at the time of his arrest and parted down the side. He appears thinner.
When Angst began talking to detectives, he told them he was at Young’s house working during the time frame of the killing, the recorded interview shows. At the end of the night, he and Heiman drove Young to the hospital, he said.
Pearland Police Detective John DeSpain showed Angst a picture he had of Angst’s car leaving the Shadow Creek subdivision, since their intersections have cameras that are accessible to police, DeSpain said.
As investigators showed Angst more evidence, he admitted more knowledge of events.
“A 9-year-old boy will not be able to see his father ever again,” DeSpain said in the video. “My job is to find out what happened.”
Eventually, Angst told DeSpain that he did ride to Pearland with Heiman that evening. Angst said he woke up to Heiman shooting Weido and didn’t know why he did it. Angst walked into the house and saw Heiman fire two final shots toward the man, he said.
After four hours of interviews at Pearland Police Department, DeSpain said they went to Angst’s Needville home to collect a gun from his closet and the clothes Angst had worn the night before.
DeSpain remained on the stand all day Wednesday. The trial is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. today in the 300th District Courtroom at the Brazoria County Courthouse.