Ex-captain planned to testify that Barrientes Vela directed him to pad criminal complaint
Former Bexar County Precinct 2 captain Marc D. Garcia was prepared to testify Tuesday that his former boss, ex-constable Michelle Barrientes Vela, directed him to investigate her political opponent and include evidence not related to the possible criminal offense, court records obtained Wednesday by KSAT Investigates show.
Ex-Precinct 2 captain given immunity, allowed to leave court without testifying against Barrientes Vela
In what can best be described as a massive blow to the prosecution in the Michelle Barrientes Vela public corruption trial, ex-captain Marc D. Garcia was granted immunity by the state Tuesday morning only to have the judge overseeing the case exclude his testimony hours later.
Ex-Pct. 2 captain gets new attorney as Barrientes Vela’s sentencing is paused again
The sentencing of convicted felon Michelle Barrientes Vela was paused again Thursday, as her attorneys and prosecutors were granted time to finalize arguments over whether a key witness will be allowed to testify against her.
Possible immunity deal for former captain overshadows day 4 of sentencing at Barrientes Vela trial
Former Bexar County Precinct 2 captain Marc D. Garcia appears to have turned state’s witness and is scheduled to testify against Michelle Barrientes Vela Wednesday during the sentencing phase of her public corruption trial.
Michelle Barrientes Vela invoked Fifth Amendment more than 100 times during taped deposition
Months before Bexar County officials settled multiple lawsuits filed against indicted ex-constable Michelle Barrientes Vela, she and her former captain repeatedly invoked their 5th Amendment privileges, taped depositions obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders show.
Video depositions reveal new details about alleged mistreatment of deputies at center of Barrientes Vela public corruption case
New details that could play a significant role in the upcoming public corruption trial of ex-constable Michelle Barrientes Vela are revealed in videotaped depositions obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders.
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.
Judge recuses himself from criminal trials of Barrientes Vela, former captain
Bexar County District Court Judge Ron Rangel has recused himself from the upcoming felony perjury trials of former Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela and her one-time captain, Marc D. Garcia, the KSAT 12 Defenders confirmed Wednesday.
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.