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Jury begins deliberation in the trial against Michelle Barrientes Vela

Michelle Barrientes Vela faces a number of costs, together with tampering with proof and official oppression.

SAN ANTONIO — The jury started its deliberation Thursday afternoon in the trial of an ex-Bexar County Constable that has obtained widespread consideration, and a verdict is predicted quickly. 

Michelle Barrientes Vela is on trial for a number of costs, together with tampering with proof and official oppression. Closing statements additionally happened Thursday.

On Tuesday, the former constable for Precinct 2 pled not responsible on each counts of tampering with proof. Specifically for altering and creating her personal handwritten money logs for safety at Rodriguez Park on the metropolis’s west aspect.

During her opening statements, Prosecutor Dawn McCraw defined the state believes Barrientes Vela tampered with data in 2019. During this time, three separate subpoenas have been issued over safety money logs for the park earlier than they have been ultimately turned over.

The money logs in questions contained data from a Easter Sunday incident in 2019, the place prosecutors alleged Barrientes Vela demanded a person pay money for safety for a household occasion in a park pavilion the place alcohol was supposedly current.

Defense legal professional Jason Goss denied the claims saying the ex constable was merely implementing the legislation at the park.

Former Bexar County Parks Manager was one in every of two individuals cross examined throughout Tuesday’s trial. He defined the insurance policies of the county parks.

Texas Ranger Bradley Freeman additionally testified on Tuesday. Freeman executed the warrant which led to the FBI raid in September 23, 2019 at the Precinct 2 Constable’s Office.

Barrientes Vela serves as the former Constable for Precinct 2 and stepped down from her position in October of 2019. At that point, she additionally tried to run for Bexar County Sheriff.

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