Man charged in deadly stabbing of Border Patrol agent will face trial

Hisaias Justo Lopez was in court Thursday, April 5, 2018. He was arrested in connection with the death of Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales, 30, on May 20, 2017. (Credit: KFOX14/CBS4)

A man accused of slaying an off-duty border patrol agent will head to a jury trial.

Attorneys for Hisaias Justo Lopez declined a plea offer Thursday morning.

Lopez is accused of killing Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales near the Union Drafthouse bar in far east El Paso in 2017.

Morales, his girlfriend and another couple were walking to their cars when Lopez began a confrontation with the group in the bar parking lot, said police.

They said Lopez attacked Morales with a knife after Morales identify himself as a Border Patrol agent, police said.

He then fled, but was chased down by Morales and two other people.

Lopez then allegedly turned around and stabbed Morales in the face and an eye, police said.

He then attempted to flee the scene again, but was caught by a group of people about a block away from the bar. The group held Lopez until police arrived.

Morales died of the injuries he suffered in the incident.

Lopez will face trial; jury selection begins Friday.

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