Jury acquits Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada
Wed, 24 Mar 2010 20:53:00 GMT —
A Cameron County jury has found Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada not guilty of all three criminal charges filed against him.
The verdict came down during Ahumada TMs second trial at the Cameron County Courthouse shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Ahumada was accused of depositing a city-issued check meant for a vendor into his business bank account.
The Brownsville mayor took the stand in his own defense earlier today trying to explain the $26,000 dollar discrepancy.
Jurors sided with Ahumada in the case after almost three hours of deliberations.
The jury found Ahumada not guilty on all three charges filed against him.
Ahumada's first trial ended with a deadlocked jury and a mistrial.
This week's trial was the second time the case had gone before jury.
The Brownsville mayor expressed both relief and gratitude to the jury outside the courtroom.
"We went thorugh this journey twice," he said. "It was not easy. It's scary. It feels surreal and it takes the wind out of you."
Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos released the following statement about the verdict:
We thank the jurors for their service on this case. While we don TMt always agree with the verdicts, we respect the system and its outcome. Now that this case has been resolved, we hope that the City of Brownsville can move forward. In light of this verdict, this matter is now disposed and the issue of the Mayor TMs conduct is now closed.