Ernest Lopez II

PBS’ Frontline Called Him innocent, He Says He’s Guilty

In June of 2011 Frontline and Propublica proclaimed the innocence of an Amarillo man. Yet, he says he guilt.

Ernest Lopez II of Amarillo was arrested in 2000 for the sexual assault and shaking of a 6 month old baby, who died from her injuries.

On Friday January, 4th, almost 12 years later, Lopez pled guilty to a lesser charge of recklessly causing serious bodily injury to a child, and was given a 9 year sentence.  Lopez has already served 9 years and 2 months, making him a free man.

47th District Attorney Randall Sims says, he believes they had plenty of evidence to convict Lopez since he admitted his guilt. Sims said, “He stated that he did shake and struck Isis Vas, either of which was with significant force that it might have caused her death.”

According to Sims, they did not proceed with the capital charges because it was unclear if his admission would be admissible during trial.

SLUG:LOPEZ GUILTY

VOICE:CHRIS COPELAND

DROP IN :45

LEAD:A CASE THAT FRONTLINE AND PROPUBLICA RAN IN JUNE OF 2011 PROCLAIMING THE INNOCENCE OF AN AMARILLO MAN HAS TAKEN A TURN…


:45

 LEAD:A CASE THAT FRONTLINE AND PROPUBLICA RAN IN JUNE OF 2011 PROCLAIMING THE INNOCENCE OF AN AMARILLO MAN HAS TAKEN A

TURN…

 

ERNEST LOPEZ THE SECOND OF AMARILLO WAS ARRESTED IN 2000 FOR THE SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SHAKING OF A 6 MONTH OLD BABY, WHO DIED, FROM HER INJURIES. TODAY(ON FRIDAY JANUARY, 4TH), ALMOST 12 YEARS LATER, LOPEZ PLED GUILTY TO A LESSER CHARGE OF RECKLESSLY CAUSING SERIOUS BODILY INJURY TO A CHILD, AND WAS GIVEN A 9 YEAR SENTENCE. LOPEZ HAS ALREADY SERVED 9 YEARS AND 2 MONTHS, MAKING HIM A FREE MAN. 47TH DISTRICT ATTORNEY RANDALL SIMS SAYS, HE BELIEVES THEY HAD PLENTY OF EVIDENCE TO CONVICT LOPEZ SINCE HE ADMITTED HIS GUILT…

 

{RANDALL SIMMS- LOPEZ GUILTY}


:15……………………………TO REVIVE HER

 

ACCORDING TO SIMS, THEY DID NOT PROCEED WITH THE CAPITAL CHARGES BECAUSE IT WAS UNCLEAR IF HIS ADMISSION WOULD BE ADMISSIBLE DURING TRIAL.

 

SLUG:LOPEZ GUILTY1

VOICE:RANDALL SIMS, 47TH DISTRICT ATTORNEY

LEAD: A CASE THAT RECEIVED NATIONAL ATTENTION HAS NOW TAKEN A TURN…

AN AMARILLO MAN ARRESTED FOR THE DEATH OF AN INFANT HAS GONE FREE. ERNEST LOPEZ THE SECOND OF AMARILLO WAS ARRESTED IN 2000 FOR THE SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SHAKING OF A 6 MONTH OLD BABY, WHO DIED, FROM HER INJURIES. TODAY (ON FRIDAY JANUARY, 4TH) LOPEZ PLED GUILTY TO A LESSER CHARGE OF RECKLESSLY CAUSING SERIOUS BODILY INJURY TO A CHILD.

 

{RANDALL SIMMS-LOPEZ4}


 :15………………………………HE’S ACCUSED OF

 

47TH DISTRICT ATTORNEY RANDALL SIMS SAYS, LOPEZ WAS GIVEN A 9 YEAR SENTENCE. BUT HE’S ALREADY SERVED 9 YEARS AND 2 MONTHS, MAKING LOPEZ A FREE MAN.

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