Jury begins deliberations in cop shooting trial

June 3, 2010 3:59:49 PM PDT
They didn't pull the trigger, so are they still responsible for the murder of Houston police Officer Henry Canales? That's the question a jury is now facing. Defendants Xiomora Mendez Rosales and Andres Nava Maldano showed no emotion as they listened to the translations of closing arguments Thursday. The family and friends of Officer Canales, meanwhile, often wiped away tears.

Both the defense and the prosecution focused on the night of that shooting, but their interpretations are far apart.

Prosecutors played the recording moments before Officer Canales was shot. Their contention was that Nava told Roberto Carrillo in Spanish to shoot Canales. But defense attorneys argued that word was never uttered in the recording.

"You don't help ease that pain or solve the agony by convicting two individuals who didn't commit the crime," defense attorney Bob Loper told jurors during closing arguments. "I think it's an overzealous prosecution, I think it's an overreaching prosecution."

The prosecution, meanwhile, showed a photo of Officer Canales.

"This is the Henry Canales his family remembers - a fine officer, a brave officer," said prosecutor Julian Ramirez. "Please consider the evidence and come back with a verdict on felony murder and engaging in organized criminal activity."

And now, the wait is on for a verdict. As soon as it's returned, we'll post it here on abc13.com.


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