Tuesday, January 10, 2012

No honor among thieves?

Defendant cops deal to plead against other defendant?

He may just have one very smart defense lawyer.

Man pleads to murder, agrees to turn on co-defendant
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

A San Antonio man whose capital murder trial was set to begin this week has instead reached a plea deal.

Edgar Velasquez, 20, would have been the second of three co-defendants to face trial for the October 2008 slaying of Manuel Barrera, 33, who was fatally shot as he walked his mother-in-law to her car outside a Southwest Side VFW hall.

Prosecutors agreed on Friday to reduce Velasquez's charge to non-capital murder in exchange for a guilty plea and a promise to testify against co-defendant Brijido “Andy” Munoz if needed. If he successfully cooperates, Velasquez will eventually be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 30 years.