Jury in former deputy trial deadlocked

Deputy Anthony Alvarado cleared of 3 charges; theft charge being deliberated

The jury is now deliberating in the second theft count against a former Bexar County Sheriff's narcotics officer.

SAN ANTONIO – After deliberating well into the night on Thursday, a jury found former Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Alvarado, 35, not guilty of theft, misappropriation of funds and fraud charges.

But the panel could not decide a fourth theft charge and was sequestered for the night.

They deliberated all day Friday and could not reach a verdict on that charge.

Just before 4 p.m. the judge received a note from the jury indicating they were deadlocked.

Judge Lori Valenzuela ordered them to continue deliberating.

Alvarado, a narcotics officer, was accused of keeping money that was supposed to be paid to confidential informants.

He was terminated from his job following an internal investigation.

Alvarado's lawyers claim he was not a dirty cop, as prosecutors alleged, but rather a good officer trying to do his job and was snarled by unclear department policies regarding informant payoffs.

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