Opening statements began Monday in the trial of a man accused of assaulting a woman he shares children with.

Ivan Ian Chavez, 23, was arrested in December and booked into the Erath County Jail on a $1,000 bond. 

In his opening statements Monday, District attorney Alan Nash said, “The state will show that (the defendant) struck (the victim) in her mouth with a closed fist followed by several other blows.”

Chavez has pleaded not guilty.

Sgt. Cameron Ray with the Dublin Police Department testified that he responded to the incident shortly before 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 after the victim called 911 and could only be heard saying “send cops.”

“To me she was sad, crying and had a small cut on her lip,” Ray told jurors while describing the scene. “It appeared that some type of physical altercation occurred.”

Chavez has a long list of alleged offenses dating back to 2012, which include possession of a prohibited weapon, criminal trespass, possession of drugs, violation of protective order and other assault charges throughout the years.

The E-T will bring you more information as the trial progresses.