Trial begins for former police officer accused of misconduct

A panel made up of three men and three women will ultimately decide if a former Brownsville peace officer is guilty or not.

Former officer Sunny Pedraza, accused of filing a false entry on a public intoxication arrest, was indicted in March.

On Monday morning, visiting Judge David Wellington Chew squashed a subpoena that would have required Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez to testify.

Prosecution is claiming however that most of the witnesses are going to be police officers

If I am being victimized because I TMm a whistle blower and they are coming after me do you think my supervisor would come to court and say ~Yes, I TMm retaliating against you, Defense attorney Nat Perez said.

Pedraza was indicted on charges of tampering with government records to defraud/harm and official oppression.

The 31-year-old is facing two misdemeanor charges alleging the officer made the false entry on a police report on Oct. 9.

In March, Chief Rodriguez confirmed he was placed on indefinite suspension without pay.

Pedraza was given a $5,000 personal recognizance bond at that time.

The trial is expected to last until Wednesday.

Basically the punishment is up to a year in county jail and or a fine of $4,000, State prosecutor Corina Baraza said.

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