Harlingen murder case ends in mysterious mistrial, gag order
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:16:30 GMT —
An unexpected turn of events in the murder trial of Aroldo Cadriel.
Testimony was supposed to begin in the 404th State District Court on Tuesday morning, but that didn't happen.
The trial was already off to a late start, Action 4 News was told the delay was due to the attorneys discussing an issue with a visiting judge.
When court was called back into session, Judge Marisela Saldana declared a mistrial.
The 65-year-old suspect is on trial for the murder of Brisna Mireles.
The 20 year-old woman's body was found covered in ants off U.S. Highway 77 in Combes back on March 31st.
An autopsy report revealed she had been shot five times and had alcohol, Xanax, marijuana and cocaine in her system at the time of her death.
Cadriel also claimed to have been in a sexual relationship with Mireles. On Tuesday morning, testimony was expected to begin in the case against him.
"I was concerned that we would not be getting a fair trial," said Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz. "The defendant was equally concerned perhaps they were not going to be getting a fair trial. As a result, both sides came to an agreement that we move for a mistrial and start all over and that TMs what we did."
Both prosecutors and defense attorneys refused to elaborate on details of the mistrial due to a gag order that has been put in place.
A new jury will be selected, however, witnesses in the case are to remain under the constraints of the subpoena until a new trial date is set.