Acts of intimidation, blackballing of deputies described during Barrientes Vela sentencing
A corporal with the Bexar County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office testified Tuesday that she and other deputies witnessed then-constable Michelle Barrientes Vela interrogate a discount store manager after the manager accused the elected official’s son of shoplifting.
Judge in Barrientes Vela case to weigh evidence on whether comments from DA’s former consultant tainted upcoming trial
The high profile public corruption case against ex-constable Michelle Barrientes Vela added another level of intrigue on Thursday, after the judge agreed to hear testimony about whether comments made by the district attorney’s former campaign consultant unduly influenced the proceedings.
‘Threat’ against judge from DA’s former consultant further complicates case against Barrientes Vela
The state district judge assigned to the upcoming public corruption trial of ex-constable Michelle Barrientes Vela said she views comments made over the weekend by the district attorney’s former campaign consultant as a political threat against her.
Bexar County paying out another $347K to Pct. 2 deputies targeted by Barrientes Vela
Bexar County has agreed to pay the Precinct 2 deputies at the center of the public corruption case against Michelle Barrientes Vela more than $347,000, to settle a flurry of lawsuits filed by them against the indicted ex-constable in recent years.
The most unusual acts of Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela during her troubled tenure
SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This story is part of an investigative series about the criminal case against ex-Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela. In late August 2019, during a press conference in front of the Bexar County Courthouse, then-Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela forced county officials to examine whether she had triggered the state’s resign-to-run law. SIGN UP FOR THE FREE DEFENDERS NEWSLETTER HEREThe patchWithin hours of winning the 2016 election for Bexar County Constable Precinct 2, Barrientes Vela claimed on Facebook that she was the first female constable in county history. Barrientes Vela responded that something needed to happen now and instructed Garcia to proceed with trying to get an arrest warrant, records show. AdREAD MORE ON THE DOWNFALL PAGE:Downfall: The story of ex-Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela airs March 25 at 9 pm on KSATA timeline of Michelle Barrientes Vela’s controversial time in officeBarrientes Vela, former captain plan aggressive defense at abuse of office trial10 controversies surrounding embattled Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela
Barrientes Vela, former captain plan aggressive defense at abuse of office trial
Attorneys for Michelle Barrientes Vela and Marc D. Garcia said they plan an aggressive defense at trial. Editor’s note: This story is part of an investigative series about the criminal case against ex-Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela. Ballantyne pushed back on the two charges of tampering with evidence filed against Barrientes Vela, claiming during the interview that records related to Barrientes Vela working security at Rodriguez Park were not tampered with. AdThe warrant used by Texas Rangers and the FBI to raid Barrientes Vela’s office in September 2019 indicates that the man who paid Barrientes Vela for Easter security was cooperating with the state investigation of Barrientes Vela. AdThe indictment states Barrientes Vela and Garcia knowingly subjected Moreno to mistreatment during his April 2019 arrest.
Former Bexar County Precinct 2 constable to be tried on perjury charge first after judge rules to sever offenses
SAN ANTONIO – Former Bexar County Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela will first go to trial on an aggravated perjury charge after a state district judge this week granted a motion to sever the offenses against her. The motion, granted by Judge Ron Rangel, will also apply to Barrientes Vela’s co-defendant, former Precinct 2 Capt. Barrientes Vela faces one felony count of aggravated perjury, two felony counts of tampering with evidence and three misdemeanor counts of official oppression, related to her nearly three-year tenure as constable. Former Bexar County Precinct 2 Captain Marc Garcia. A spokeswoman for Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales declined to comment.
Chief deputy fired, captain on leave as Precinct 2 shake-up is underway
SAN ANTONIO – Less than a day after Michelle Barrientes Vela agreed to vacate her position as Bexar County Precinct 2 constable, a major shake-up has taken place within her former administration. County officials confirmed Thursday that Chief Deputy Anthony Castillo was terminated by Barrientes Vela at 5 p.m. Wednesday, just minutes after she re-announced her intentions to run for Bexar County sheriff in 2020. Precinct 2 Captain Marc Garcia was demoted to deputy constable and placed on leave October 10. Barrientes Vela, a first-term constable, resigned her seat after telling a KSAT 12 reporter on Sept. 23 that she would run for sheriff in 2020. RELATED: 10 controversies surrounding embattled Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela