WACO, TX (KWTX) – A jury within the state’s nineteenth District Court docket analyzing whether or not a former Waco man sexually abused a younger member of the family in 2018 couldn’t attain a unanimous verdict on Wednesday, forcing the choose to declare a trial dangerous.
The jury of seven girls and 5 males reported to Decide Thomas West that they had been hopelessly deadlocked after 4 hours of deliberation over the destiny of David Armando Solis-Bernal, a 35-year-old heavy gear operator for an organization of public providers.
Jurors had been deadlocked 10-2 in favor of Solis-Bernal’s acquittal, courtroom officers stated.
Solis-Bernal, who was jailed 807 days pending a courtroom look, will stay jailed on $20,000 bond and an immigration detainee, county information present. No date was set Wednesday for a retrial on the felony second-degree indecency with a baby by contact cost.
Protection lawyer Abel Reyna, who represents Solis-Bernal with lawyer Steven VerSteeg, restricted his feedback after the declaration of a mistrial as a result of the case remains to be pending.
“I admire this jury’s cautious overview of all of the proof,” Reyna stated.
Assistant District Legal professional Will Hix, who prosecuted the case with Will Grey, additionally thanked the jury for his or her “time and a focus.”
“It is all the time useful for group members to have the ability to lend their voice to the method,” Hix stated. “We’ll fastidiously think about what they’ve informed us this week and transfer ahead accordingly.”
A woman, who’s now 12, testified on Tuesday that Solis-Bernal touched her inappropriately on a number of events whereas Solis-Bernal was dwelling with the woman’s mom and siblings in 2018 on the Sandstone Residences within the 5100 block of Sanger Avenue in Waco.
Solis-Bernal denied the fees on Wednesday, testifying with the assistance of Spanish interpreter Dan Carroll. He informed the jury that the woman requested him for a hug earlier than going to mattress one evening and walked into the bed room together with her mom. Ten minutes later, the woman’s mom got here out and requested him why he had touched her daughter, he stated.
“I stated, ‘I’ve by no means touched your daughter. I do not know why you say that. You might trigger me numerous bother. In order for you me to go away your own home, I’ll go away,” he testified.
Solis-Bernal stated he left dwelling and went to the fitness center as a result of he had nowhere to go. At round 3am, the woman’s mom referred to as him and informed him she had filed a criticism with the police and warned him they is likely to be in search of him.
He stated he referred to as the police division just a few days later and requested to talk to the detective dealing with the case. He was informed to return again in two to 3 weeks.
He stated he finally moved to Dallas and located a brand new job, however the woman’s mom saved in contact with him each day and continued their romantic relationship by visiting him frequently at his new residence in Dallas. Solis-Bernal stated the lady even signed a be aware so he may get a automotive and helped him get insurance coverage.
When cross-examining Hix, Solis-Bernal informed the jury he nonetheless did not know why, however stated the woman lied to them, police, forensic investigators and an assault examiner intercourse concerning the alleged abuse.
That is the second mistrial previously month within the state’s nineteenth District Court docket wherein Reyna has represented the defendant.
A jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of responsible on September 23 within the homicide trial of Quest Aljabaughn Jones, who’s charged with the 2019 taking pictures loss of life of Sherrell Carter, the mom of his three kids.
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