Guerra & Farah PLLC is proud to announce that attorney
Juan L. Guerra, Jr. has successfully secured an acquittal for a client facing murder allegations.
He and co-chair Leira Moreno Gracia's exhaustive investigation into
the evidence and careful cross-examination of a key witness made a critical
difference in this decades-old cold case.
The incident, a shooting death, occurred in 1982. Allegedly, the altercation
was over a woman, the accused's sister. She witnessed the crime but
passed away in 2012—the same year that the accused, her brother,
was arrested for the crime. By that time, the accused had become a legal
permanent resident in the U.S. and moved his family to La Mesa, Texas.
However, the alleged evidence against him remained, including an original
police statement of a key eyewitness. The accused promptly hired Guerra
& Farah, PLLC to combat the allegations against him.
The first trial against the accused ended in a mistrial: the jury had failed
to reach a unanimous determination. The final count was 10-2 for guilty,
but a new trial was scheduled.
Attorneys Guerra and Gracia focused on the original police investigation
into the incident, which suggested that there could have been an alternate
shooter. They exhaustively searched for additional witnesses that were
allegedly present during the shooting and could support this argument.
There were 16 in all but none of them could be located.
Instead, attorneys Guerra and Gracia had to turn their attention to the
state's key piece of evidence: the testimony of their alleged eyewitness.
Under rigorous cross-examination by the defense team, it was revealed
that the witness had provided the police false information in his original
That was enough for the second jury: they deliberated for six hours and
came back with a not guilty verdict. The state's evidence had not
proven that the accused had committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
We congratulate attorney Juan L. Guerra, Jr. for his exemplary work in
this particularly challenging case. Cold cases always provide their own
set of obstacles for defense counsel and despite the significant, decades-long
gap between the trial and meaningful evidence and testimony, Mr. Guerra
was still able to ensure that justice was served on behalf of our embattled client.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a serious criminal act, we invite
you to contact our team at
Guerra & Farah, PLLC today. Our accomplished and sought-after Houston criminal defense attorneys
have built their reputation not just on powerful advocacy for the accused,
but consistently securing favorable results for our clients.
Face the allegations against you with proven defense counsel by your side.
Call us today to start exploring your options.