Trial Begins for Armando Villalobos
POSTED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 4:44pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 7:11am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Former Cameron county District Attorney Armando Villalobos appeared in federal court Monday. He's was named in a nine-count indictment including charges of with racketeering, bribery and extortion.
In front of a full crowd in US District court, prosecutors and defense attorneys made their opening statements in front of the jury and judge Andrew Hanen. Prosecutors said that Villalobos ran a racketeering enterprise benifiting himself and others.
The defense says that Villalobos is not guilty of these accusations.
In the first day of testimony prosecutors called former 404th district Judge Abel Limas to the stand whom has himself been convicted of racketeering and is awaiting sentencing.
Limas says he took bribes of thousands of dollars from Villalobos and his law partner Eddie Lucio relating to the Amit Livingston murder case in 2007.
Limas testified that Villalobos gave him $9,700 dollars on two separate occasions relating to the case.
Several more witnesses are expected to be called to stand by prosecution.