Evading arrest trial ends with not guilty verdict

A jury Wednesday found Gary F. Lopez not guilty of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.

The jury of six men and six women deliberated for 20 minutes before returning their verdict before 10 a.m. in 286th District Court.

Had he been found guilty, the 30-year-old Levelland man could have been sentenced to 2-10 years in prison.

Testimony in the trial started Tuesday.

In closing arguments, Assistant District Attorney Doug Freitag told jurors that the circumstantial evidence against Lopez was strong.

The prosecution alleged that Lopez ‘bailed out’ of a stolen sport utility vehicle early the morning of Jan. 22, 2013.

‘The only thing is who was actually driving that vehicle,’ Freitag said. ‘Sometimes the circumstantial evidence is stronger.’

A vehicle transmitter believed to have been taken from the stolen vehicle was found on Lopez when police arrested him Jan. 22.

‘That’s the chocolate on his face,’ declared Freitag.

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