In Houston on Wednesday, four survivors of a botched
smuggling operation that left 19 illegal immigrants dead testified that the
refrigeration unit was turned on in an overheated trailer toward the end of
According to the Houston
Chronicle, the testimony contradicts earlier accounts by survivors who said
the unit was never turned on.
The testimony comes in the re-trial of former trucker Tyrone
Williams, who faces a possible death penalty for allegedly abandoning a trailer
with as many as one hundred people inside.
Most of the dead died of heat stroke or suffocation.