Policarpio Espinoza-Perez acquitted of murder charge, found guilty of conspiracy

Policarpio Espinoza Perez Policarpio Espinoza Perez acquitted of murder charge, found guilty of conspiracyPolicarpio Espinoza-Perez was acquitted Tuesday of two first-degree murder charges in the 2004 slayings of three young relatives.

The hearing resulted in a split verdict whereby a jury convicted him of three murder conspiracy charges, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Policarpio Espinoza-Perez and his nephew (and codefendant) Adan Espinoza Canela, 26, were accused of slashing the throats of Lucero Espinoza, 8, her brother Ricardo Espinoza, 9, and their cousin Alexis Espejo Quezada, 10, in their Baltimore apartment nine years ago.

The judge in the case declared a mistrial on another murder count.

Espinoza-Perez’s attorney Nicholas Panteleakis said today’s convictions were heartbreaking for his client.

“He’s crushed,” Panteleakis said. “He’s destroyed.”

This marked the third time Espinoza-Perez, 31, had been put on trial for murder.

The judge declared a mistrial the first time as jurors couldn’t agree on a verdict. A second trial resulted in convictions that would later be overturned on appeal.

Espinoza-Perez now faces life in prison when he is sentenced on April 29th.

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