Capital murder trial for Antonio Lopez begins following mistrial
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) —
A fresh set of jurors is hearing testimony in the Antonio Lopez trial.
Lopez is accused of stomping 11-month-old Jayla Beckley to death in 2012. She was a foster child in his family's care.
After a lengthy trial and days of deliberation, a jury was unable to reach a decision last year, and the judge declared a mistrial.
There were some doubts if Lopez actually killed the child or if another foster child may have been responsible.
A possible plea agreement was just offered by the state last week. Prosecutors recommended a 30-year sentence in exchange for a guilty plea.
But the defense is taking its chances with a trial.
On Monday jurors watched the statements on video given to police by Lopez the day baby Jayla was killed and the day the autopsy was completed.
The video statements took much of the morning and afternoon. In the videos, Lopez is seen continually denying that he or his wife did anything to harm the baby.
The jury was selected on Friday.
If Lopez is found guilty of capital murder by a jury, he would face a life sentence.
Testimony is set to continue Tuesday.