Trial begins for former Socorro Lietenant
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Former Socorro Police Lietenant Jose Alvarez began trial today for three felony charges and one misdemeanor.
The three felony counts are tampering with a government document, a third degree felony.
The misdemeanor charge is official oppression.
There were tense moments between the prosecution and defense as they haggled over whether to admit several pieces of evidence, including affidavits, administrative orders, and a notice of suspension.
Many of the state's exhibits were not accepted because of the dates on the papers and quote "lacked trustworthiness".
During opening arguments, both sides explained to the jury what they intend to prove.
"I anticipate the defense in this case will be, 'Being sloppy is not illegal," said prosecuting attorney, Manny Aranbula.
"Mr. Alvarez did every single thing by the letter of the law," said defense attorney, Abelardo Bernal.
The trial resumes Tuesday morning in the 210th District Court.