Texas A jury acquitted the man who claimed he fired in self defense when he shot and killed a Houston police officer.
Robert Soliz was accused of murder in the shooting death of Sgt. Sean Rios was shot and killed during a shootout on his way to work.
Following a road rage fight, both Soliz and Rios decided to leave the highway in 2020. Soliz stated that Rios nearly hit him when he swerved into the lane of Soliz and that he never claimed to be a police officer. The defense and prosecution attorneys disagreed about who fired first.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Soliz was found not guilty Tuesday after deliberating over seven hours.
After the verdict was read, Soliz turned to his family and said “I told you”, according to the newspaper. Soliz was still in jail on unrelated charges to Rios’ deaths.
David Mitcham, first assistant at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, stated that they saw the evidence differently from the jury. “We appreciate their time and service, even though we disagree with the jury’s decision.” “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean Rios’s wife and four children who will no longer have their father. Officer Rios served and protected the people in Houston and gave his life for that cause. His heroism will be forever remembered.
Paul Looney, a defense attorney, told Houston TV station KTRK there was no evidence to prove that the shooting was not self-defense.
Looney stated that Looney was shocked at the two-year suffering of this man and his family. “But I’m relieved that the damage was not for life, because it could have been death.”