Mistrial granted, accused killer to get new trial

Daniel Lopez accused in gruesome 2014 murder, dismemberment

SAN ANTONIO – A motion for a mistrial was granted by Judge Ron Rangel on Tuesday in the murder trial of Daniel Lopez.

Lopez, 28, and co-defendant Candie Dominguez are accused of beating Jose Luis Menchaca to death with a baseball bat. The couple then allegedly dismembered Menchaca’s body and attempted to burn the body parts on an outdoor barbeque grill.

Lopez’ attorney J. Charles Bunk asked for a mistrial on March 29 prior to cross examining Dominguez. She was testifying against Lopez as part of a plea deal.

Bunk claimed that he did not have access to information he needed to question Dominguez -- information that he said the state had not provided in a timely manner.

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“They have not provided us any of this information,” Bunk argued during the trial two weeks ago.  “They’ve had this information in this file since August 17, 2015.”

Prosecutors insisted that the reports and records Bunk requested were available to the defense.

On Tuesday, as Lopez trial was to resume, Rangel granted the motion for a new trial.

The case will be tried July 12.


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