x
Breaking News
More () »

Suspected driver of 18-wheeler at center of San Antonio migrant tragedy makes first court appearance

Homero Zamorano, Jr. stood before a judge Thursday at the US Courthouse in the Western District of Texas on Thursday afternoon.

SAN ANTONIO — The suspected driver of a truck that carried dozens of migrants into south-central Texas this week remains in federal custody following his arrest. 

Homero Zamorano, Jr. stood before a judge Thursday at the U.S. Courthouse in the Western District of Texas. Zamorano was identified as the man photographed at a U.S. Customs checkpoint in a red 18-wheeler where more than 60 migrants were being ferried. 

The photo of Zamorano was taken hours before he was arrested in southwest San Antonio for this smuggling case that has resulted in the deaths of at least 53 migrants and injuries to several others.

While no cameras were allowed inside the courtroom, crews spotted Zamorano in a white T-shirt as he faced Judge Elizabeth Chestney for six minutes before he was detained.

Credit: REUTERS / ANDREI RENTERIA

During the hearing, Zamorano was read his single charge of illegal transportation of immigrants—which carries a penalty of life in prison if he is convicted.

Zamorano is being represented by a federal public defender and will have no bond at this time.

Zamorano next has a detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday, July 6 at 11 a.m. Two other suspects connected to the case will have their preliminary hearing on Friday at the U.S. Courthouse in downtown San Antonio.

---

Learn more about KENS 5:

Since going on the air in 1950, KENS 5 has strived to be the best, most trusted news and entertainment source for generations of San Antonians.

KENS 5 has brought numerous firsts to South Texas television, including being the first local station with a helicopter, the first with its own Doppler radar and the first to air a local morning news program.

Over the years, KENS 5 has worked to transform local news. Our cameras have been the lens bringing history into local viewers' homes. We're proud of our legacy as we serve San Antonians today.

Today, KENS 5 continues to set the standard in local broadcasting and is recognized by its peers for excellence and innovation. The KENS 5 News team focuses on stories that really matter to our community.

You can find KENS 5 in more places than ever before, including KENS5.com, the KENS 5 app, the KENS 5 YouTube channel, KENS 5's Roku and Fire TV apps, and across social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and more!

Want to get in touch with someone at KENS 5? You can send a message using our Contacts page or email one of our team members.

Paid Advertisement

Before You Leave, Check This Out