By Kati Walker
Jeremy Rodriguez, 29, was acquitted of all charges by a Hockley County jury Wednesday.
Rodriguez was accused and indicted for theft more than $20,000 and less than $100,000 of property that belonged to Vernon Cox.
After hearing testimony from four witnesses by the prosecution, Rodriguez was the only witness to testify for the defense.
Rodriguez was accused of stealing metal materials, including four trailers, three fuel tanks and scrap metal. The location of the property was off FM 1585 and FM 303 north of Sundown.
John Soules, Sr., said Rodriguez was an employee for him and the materials that were “stolen” belonged to Vernon Cox.
Rodriguez confirmed he did work with Soules but that the only reason Soules had taken him to the location at FM 1585 and FM 303 was to get rid of extra metal to pay bills for the business.
The jury determined Rodriguez was innocent of any charges brought against him.
Richard Husen was the attorney for the defendant and Jason Bujnoseck was the prosecuting attorney, along with Chris Dennis, District Attorney for the 286th District Court.
Read the full story in the weekend’s edition of the News-Press.