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Socorro police trial cut short, judge criticizes prosecutor

Updated: Tuesday, July 23 2013, 04:34 PM MDT

By: Bill Melugin

SOCORRO, Texas --

Trial was cut short today for two former Socorro police officers accused of lying about an incident last May that lead to the possible illegal arrest of a motorcyclist after he left a 7-Eleven store.

As KFOX14 previously reported, Javier Varela and Israel Delgado were both arrested when Texas Rangers raided the Socorro police station last year.

Varela and Delgado were both charged with official oppression, aggravated perjury and tampering with government documents.

It was a tense atmosphere in the courtroom today. In a span of about two minutes, the judge criticized the prosecutor for asking hearsay questions of a witness, told him he should know how to do his job, and sent the jury home for the day.

"You're supposed to be an experienced prosecutor, you should know what you're doing. These questions are all hearsay, you should know how to get around it or rephrase it. If you don't know how to rephrase it, move on," said Judge Gonzalo Garcia.

When KFOX14 arrived in the courtroom, Delgado was not present. Garcia ordered the jury not to assume any reasons why. Court officials said they were unable to comment.

The officer's supervisor at the time of their arrests, Lt. Jose Alvarez, faced similar charges last week, but he was cleared after the judge determined there wasn't enough evidence for a case.

Socorro police trial cut short, judge criticizes prosecutor


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