Tinoco found not guilty of murder, guilty of four counts aggravated assault

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 5:14pm

A jury returned with a not guilty verdict in the trial of Miguel Tinoco late Friday afternoon. The jury was hung on a criminally negligent homicide charge. At this time, the court may call another jury to come to a decision on the criminally negligent homicide charge at a time, but right now it is unclear how the court will proceed.

Tinoco was found guilty on four charges of aggravated assault.

The verdict came in around 2:45 p.m. Friday afternoon. The sentencing phase of the trial will begin at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning.

An El Paso man accused of murder will have to wait yet another day to learn his fate.

After two days of deliberating, jurors in the trial of 21 year-old Miguel Tinoco still couldn't reach a verdict and were sequestered a second time on Thursday.

Tinoco is accused of ramming his car into a crowd outside a house party in the Lower Valley back in 2012.

The prosecution argues the he got angry after getting kicked out of the party and later drove his car into a group of people.

The defense claims their client was drunk and didn't see the crowd.

Twenty-three year-old Miriam Aguirre was killed and four young men were injured that night.

On Thursday, several jurors broke down in tears after learning they were going to be sequestered another night.

Day three of deliberations continue on Friday.


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