Saturday, November 20, 2010

Former deputy not guilty

Tried by TLC Staffer, Deb Ellis!

FAIRMONT - Jurors only took an hour Thursday to find a former Watonwan County deputy not guilty of possessing stolen property.

Jose A. Lopez stood accused of having a stolen skid loader on his property. But Lopez's attorney, Deborah Ellis, argued Lopez bought the Bobcat in good faith, having no idea it was stolen.

In her closing arguments, Ellis said the accusations against Lopez came about because of a "seed of suspicion" cast by his wife's cousin, Emilio Florez, a career criminal responsible for facilitating the purchase of the skid loader.

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