SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s observe: This story is a part of an investigative series in regards to the prison case in opposition to ex-Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela. The sequence culminates with “Downfall,” an hourlong particular report that airs on KSAT 12 on March 25 at 9 p.m.
From the beginning, Michelle Barrientes Vela’s tenure as Bexar County Precinct 2 Constable was tumultuous.
Barrientes Vela, as soon as an unpaid reserve deputy for the constable’s workplace, was first elected in 2016 with greater than 66% of the vote.
Inside months, the constable made headlines. Some for inside clashes with subordinates, some for potential misuse of public funds and a few for skirting prison process.
Regardless of these mishaps, Barrientes Vela remained in workplace till Texas Rangers and FBI brokers raided her office on Sept. 23, 2019. Because the raid was ongoing, Barrientes Vela introduced that she would run for sheriff, triggering the state’s resign-to-run legislation, forcing her to vacate her workplace two weeks later.
Inside months, Barrientes Vela went from being an officer of the legislation to a defendant within the prison justice system. On Jan. 23, 2020, she was arrested and charged with aggravated perjury, two counts of tampering with proof and three counts of official oppression.
On March 25 at 9 p.m., the KSAT 12 Defenders investigative particular, “Downfall,” will air for the primary time.
Within the one-hour program, you’ll hear how the previous constable maintains her innocence and the way she believes the investigation of her workplace and her subsequent arrest are actually the results of her makes an attempt to “clear up” corruption amongst different Bexar County elected officers.
“Downfall” contains an in-depth take a look at Barrientes Vela’s upcoming felony trial, by interviews with authorized and public coverage specialists in addition to along with her prison protection group and the previous constable herself.
Earlier than the particular report airs, have a look again at her tenure as constable by trying out the timeline beneath.
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