Lopez Found Guilty of Murder

A Brazos County jury took less than two hours to find a Bryan man guilty of murder. Michael Anthony Lopez, 20, was convicted on charges of murder and two counts of burglary of a habitation.

Prosecutors argued that Lopez stabbed 62-year-old Estainslado Reyes to death in June of last year. Police say Lopez and two accomplices attacked Reyes' wife in front of their home. They say Mr. Reyes ran to a convenience store to call police, and that's where he was stabbed.

Family members of the victim say they are pleased with the verdict.

"It's devastating, it's heartbreaking, and it's senseless and immoral for what he has done," said Daniel Reyes Pineda, the Reyes family spokesperson, "and you know, in my words, hopefully justice will be served."

The punishment phase of the trial begins tomorrow. Lopez could get up to life in prison.


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