Robert Soliz homicide trial: Not responsible verdict for man accused of killing HPD Sgt. Sean Rios in November 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The person accused of capturing and killing a Houston police sergeant in November 2020 has been discovered not responsible.

Soliz was charged with homicide. He’s accused of killing Sgt. Sean Rios in what then-HPD Chief Artwork Acevedo described as a capturing.

The jury, composed of 5 girls and eight males, was despatched to deliberate on Tuesday morning within the trial of Robert Soliz. About seven hours later, they reached a verdict. Soliz confirmed seen aid and uttered the phrases, “I advised you so.”

The Ríos household broke down in tears and hugged one another.

“They’re extraordinarily upset. They’re in shock, as they need to be, as all of us are,” mentioned Douglas Griffith, president of the Houston Police Officers Union. “I ask the residents of Harris County to maintain them (Sgt. Rios’ household) in your prayers as a result of that is going to be tough for them. 4 youngsters must develop up with out a father.”

The trial had a number of begins and stops.

It started July 26-28, however then needed to be postponed as a protection legal professional handled a well being subject and a juror later examined constructive for COVID-19.

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The trial resumed final August. 22 till a well being emergency, once more with a lawyer, led to his recess till November. 7.

The trial resumed Tuesday morning for closing arguments.

The protection claimed self-defense, as there have been doubts about whether or not Rios recognized himself as a police officer.

“I am very relieved as a result of this could by no means have occurred. They did not have one shred of proof that this was something however self-defense,” protection legal professional Paul Looney advised ABC13. “They took this man and his household by hell for 2 years. However I am relieved the harm wasn’t for all times as a result of it may have been life.”

Looney and his associate are planning a press convention for Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re deeply upset with the decision on this case, and we seen the proof otherwise than the jury, and whereas we can’t agree with the jury’s resolution, we respect their time and repair. Our hearts exit to Sean Rios’ widow and the 4 youngsters. who will now develop up with out their father,” David Mitcham, first assistant to the Harris County District Legal professional’s Workplace, mentioned in a press release. “Officer Rios spent his time right here on Earth serving and defending the individuals of Houston, and he gave his life in that noble endeavor. He’ll at all times be remembered for the hero he was.”

For now, Soliz stays in jail, though he faces drug and aggravated assault expenses for 2 earlier, unrelated shootings. He was additionally charged in September with possession of a prohibited substance, marijuana, whereas in jail.

SEE ALSO: Sgt. Sean Rios homicide: Juror proven Snapchat video of Robert Soliz after HPD officer’s slaying

RELATED: HPD detective agrees Sgt. Sean Rios was not thought of a suspect within the deadly capturing


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