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Brent Mayr & Dick DeGuerin Get Not Guilty Verdict for Prominent El Paso Businessman Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter

Another high profile case. Another acquittal. Brent Mayr, along with legendary criminal defense attorney, Dick DeGuerin, managed to convince an El Paso county jury to acquit their client of felony Intoxication Manslaughter and convict only of the misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated. Three years ago, prominent El Paso businessman, William “Billy” Abraham, owner of several downtown El Paso buildings and son of prominent El Paso criminal defense attorney, Joseph “Sib” Abraham, Jr. was arrested and charged with Intoxication Manslaughter after hitting and killing a pedestrian in downtown south El Paso. The case drew an enormous amount of attention after Abraham failed to stop and continued driving for several miles before being stopped by Border Patrol agents. A mandatory blood draw showed Abraham had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20. Abraham turned to Brent Mayr, Board Certified Criminal Attorney and former head of the Harris County Vehicular Crimes Section, for his intricate knowledge and experience with cases involving Intoxication Manslaughter to defend him on what was seen by many as an impossible case to defend. Mayr went to work identifying numerous legal and factual issues. From an illegal arrest by Border Patrol agents, to identifying problems with the El Paso DPS crime lab which tested the blood, to a shoddy accident investigation by the police, Mayr was able to chip away at the State’s case leading up to the trial which started July 19. “It was a hard-fought trial,” DeGuerin said of the weeklong trial. “It was highly contested.” DeGeuerin and Mayr decided to employ a strategy where they would concede their client was intoxicated but show that it wouldn’t have...

Brent Mayr Gets Lone Acquittal for Client in Zeta Drug Cartel Money Laundering Trial

AUSTIN — For over three weeks, federal prosecutors presented evidence to a Central Texas jury trying to convince them that five men were part of a conspiracy to launder money for the Zeta drug cartel using the quarter horse racing industry. Witnesses testified about bribery, extortion, and millions of dollars flowing through various entities and bank accounts. It was enough for the jury to find the men guilty of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Except for one of them. While Jose Trevino Morales, Francisco Colorado Cessa, Fernando Garcia, and Eusevio Huitron were all found guilty of conspiracy to commit money laundering, Brent Mayr managed to convince the jury to find his client, Jesus Maldonado Huitron, not guilty. “This accusation destroyed my client’s life,” said Mayr after the trial. “The jury did the right thing and, just as my client built himself into one of the top Austin-area home builders, he will build himself back up again.” While the jury heard from scores of individuals affiliated with both the Zeta drug cartel and the American Quarter Horse racing industry, Mayr effectively distanced his client from both. He also cast substantial doubt on the Government’s evidence showing that his client was structuring deposits into his account on behalf of various horse owners. More coverage of the verdict and case can be found here: Austin American-Statesman San Antonio Express-News Houston Chronicle New York Times Brent Mayr is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and represents individuals under investigation for and charged with criminal offenses in both state and federal...