Texas Ranger at center of Barrientes Vela case held in contempt of court
Ranger Bradley Freeman, whose testimony was crucial in getting a jury this fall to convict Barrientes Vela on two felony counts of tampering with records, apologized to the court for mentioning a separate official oppression case while that jury was present.
State rests in case against Barrientes Vela, but not before fiery cross-examination of Texas Ranger
The prosecution rested its case Wednesday afternoon in the public corruption trial of Michelle Barrientes Vela, capping off seven days of testimony that ranged from methodical to explosive and included a mistrial nearly being declared.
Barrientes Vela’s former clerk says constable was ‘rattled’ by 2019 visit from Texas Ranger
A former Precinct 2 clerk who provided critical information to law enforcement about the inner workings of Michelle Barrientes Vela’s administration testified Thursday that the then-constable was left “rattled” after learning she was under criminal investigation in the summer of 2019.
Barrientes Vela trial opens with claim that prosecutor and investigator set trap for troubled constable
An attorney for indicted ex-Precinct 2 constable Michelle Barrientes Vela argued Tuesday that the prosecutor and lead investigator in the case teamed up to set a trap for his client and came away with nothing more than a few written records.