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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas 16 I Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | herald-zeitung.com TRIAL Continued from Poge 1 on March 25, 2010 — the day of the incident and arrest. Smith played a nearly 90-minute video recording of the interview. In it, Byron could be seen talking, mostly with his head down and eyes staring at the floor, to Det. David Schroeder of New Braunfels Police Department. Schroeder repeatedly questioned Byron to get his side of the story. Byron said the victim caught him coming out the restroom and enticed nim to come back, offering to show him something. He said she grabbed his hand and tried to put it on her exposed breast, which ne may have grazed while pulling his hand away. She voluntarily pulled down her pants and underwear, and caught the defendant off guard when she told him to touch her, Byron said. When Schroeder asked which hand Byron had used to touch the victim, Byron said: "I'm not sure, but I think it was either the right or the left." In the video, Byron said the victim tried to make him have sex with her. "She tried to do that, but it didn't work out when she tried to do that to me," Byron said. Smith called the victim take the stand, where she painted a different picture. Now 13, the victim appeared nervous and answered Smith's questions mostly in one or two words. She testified that Byron asked her to go in the restroom and to take her pants down. He touched her "middle part" with his fingers and touched her breasts with his mouth, the girl testified. She said he tried to have sex with her but failed. He insisted she keep auiet so he wouldn't get caught, tne girl testified. "He told me 'don't make no noise' because he don't wanna get in trouble," she testified, adding she was scared at the time. During cross examination, Byron's defense attorney, Bill Harris of Spring Branch, pointed out the victim said during the investigation that she had gone to the boys' room because the girls' restroom was occupied. He asked why she told the court that she went in because Byron told her. The victim's answer was "I had to go bad." Smith presented five witnesses before Judge Charles R. Ramsay called it a nay — at Smith's request — about 2 p.m. Tuesday and told jurors the case would resume at 9 a.m. today. Byron was taken back to Comal County Jail, where he remains under $200,000 bond. Jason Irle is the new executive director of the historic Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in downtown New Braunfels. LAURA McKENZlE | Herald-Zeitung ON WITH THE SHOW The Brauntex has a new executive director, new look CKj halnndfi tsy LHHonoo Mouvtrte The Herald-Zeitung New things are showing up at the historic Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in downtown New Braunfels. There's the new executive director, new renovations and then the new season is scheduled to begin. Jason Irle, who is completing his fourth week on the job, is the fourth executive director of the Brauntex. Born in Seguin and raised in Gonzales, Irle said his degrees in political science and public administration will help him lead the non- profit into the future. "As executive director, I will work closely with the board of directors and staff to implement strategic plans to maintain the traditions of the Brauntex and expand new horizons to strengthen its contribution to the social and economic vitality of the community," Irle said. Irle and artistic director Janet Allen said the theater will undergo another round of renovations beginning the end of this month. The stage and seats will be modified, seats will be added and the floor of the theater will be changed, Allen said. She said the theater was built to show movies when it opened in 1942. The floor needs to be slanted at a different angle so all viewers can get a better view of the stage, Allen said. The renovations are expected to cost about $600,000 stretched out over two summers, Allen said. Funding comes mostly from grants and contributions but also from ticket sales. The 11th season opens Oct. 22. For information about the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association, visit www.brauntex.org or call the box office at (830) 627-0808. American found among mass graves in Mexico Mexico cmr(AP) An American was found among the 193 corpses recovered in April in mass graves in Mexico near the U.S. border, a U.S. official said Tuesday. Mexican authorities identified the remains of an American in San Fernando, a town 85 miles from the border with Brownsville, Texas, and alerted the U.S. State Department, said a State Department official who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak. Mexican officials said many of the victims buried in the mass graves in San Fernando were migrants heading to the U.S. who were kidnapped from buses, killed and buried by the Zetas drug cartel. The U.S. consulate in Mata-moros, across the border from Brownsville, released a message when the graves were being unearthed saying the consulate had received three reports from U.S. citizens or their families regarding buses being boarded by criminals. "In at least one instance, male bus passengers, including an American citizen, were forcibly removed from those buses and have yet to be located," the message said. It is not known whether the U.S. citizen the consulate reported missing was the one found in one of tne 47 pits excavated. So far, the Mexican government has charged 73 suspects in the killings. New Braunfels Five-Day Forecast TODAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY CLICK ***&"* Ì: L, o Updated forecasts: www.srh.noaa.gov Mostly sunny and A few clouds Partly to mostly Persisting hot Dry and calm Type “city, state” or zip hot possible sunny skies summer conditions code into space temperatures provided and click “go” 100°/75° 98 /74° 100°/75° 101°/75° 99°/75° button. : Coastal Forecast and Tides ' Port Aransas    Galveston Today    Tomorrow    Friday    Today    Tomorrow    Friday i&L A    fS 87°/80°    87°/81°    87°/82°    91°/81°    90°/82°    90°/82° Today’s Wind: SE at 15 to 25    Today's Wind: Sat 10to20 Today’s Tides 1st High 1st Low 2nd High 2nd Low Maps and Forecast Pr °duced Port Aransas 5:14 AM 8:35 PM none none Galveston Temperature Yesterday’s High / Low 99°/73° Normal High / Low 93° 170 0 Record High    105° in 1998 Record Low    56°    in 1979 Precipitation Yesterday’s Month to Date Avg. Month to Date Year to Date Avg. Year to Date Departure from Avg. 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