Backup officer testifies in spitting trial

Darrell Wayne Allen accused of spitting on SAPD officer


SAN ANTONIO – Testimony in the trial of Darrell Wayne Allen ended at noon Thursday. Allen's lawyers called no witnesses and asked for an instructed verdict of not guilty.

The motion was denied by visiting Judge Thomas Lee.

Allen was accused of spitting on San Antonio Police Officer Yvette Geschke following his arrest at an East Side truck stop on the night of July 23, 2013.

She testified that she saw him exposing himself as she answered a call for a disturbance.

Allen is on trial facing harassment of a public servant charges.

Officer Victor Salinas, Geschke's backup officer, testified that Allen was verbally abusive and making threats that night.

"He was saying that he was going to destroy me," Salinas testified.

Allen's lawyer, Joselyn Andrews, said that prosecutors had not proven their case and chose not to call her client to testify.

"His side of the story had been told by witnesses who were already on the stand and in their conflicting testimony," Andrews said.

In her opening statement Wednesday, Andrews claimed that Allen, not Geschke, was the victim of harassment.

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