The trial has begun for a man allegedly responsible for the murder of a Werner truck driver trainer.
Forty-nine year old Stanley Polk is currently standing trial for murder in the 264th District Court in Bell County, Texas.
Polk stands accused of killing his trainer, 62-year-old Ronald Ruiz, at a rest area in Salado, Texas in August of 2015.
Polk reportedly stabbed Ruiz a total of seventeen times in the chest, stomach, and leg in his truck.
Michael Magana, Polk’s main defense attorney, claimed that that Ruiz actually sparked the altercation by physically attacking Polk and using a racial slur during an argument between the co-workers.
According to CenTexProud, witnesses heard screams and found the victim bleeding in his truck. The murder suspect fled the scene. One of the witnesses, Nicole Reeves, was the first to come to Ruiz’s aid and called 911.
Ruiz later died at the hospital from his injuries.
Previously, Ruiz had reported his trainee for his erratic behavior, but was urged to hang on until they made it to the next terminal. Unfortunately, he never made it that far.
The trial is underway but the prosecution is not seeking the death penalty.