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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:10 am

Both sides have rested in the corruption case against former Cameron County District Attorney Armando R. Villalobos.

He took the stand in his own defense for a second day and testified no one ever gave him any money to handle criminal cases.

Villalobos said that the times he purchased money orders is when his wife had their joint checkbook and he needed to pay bills.

He said the cash coming into his account was from reimbursements from his mother, his brother-in-law, and other family members who have purchased items on his credit.

Villalobos said that his family has always stepped in to help one another.

He disputed the testimony of several witnesses regarding money.

  • Of former 404th state District Judge Abel Limas' testimony that Villalobos gave him money, Villalobos said: "It's ridiculous. I never gave him any money for anything."
  • Regarding his former law partner Eduardo Lucio, Villalobos said, "Eddie never gave me any money for any cases... I never got anything from him."
  • Testifying about the $900,000 seized in a tractor-trailer, "I've never seen this kind of money," Villalobos recounted."
  • "No, they did not. No they did not," Villalobos said when asked if lawyers have ever paid him anything, outside of campaign contributions.

The former DA is accused of soliciting and accepting bribes from attorneys handing criminal cases and matters in his office in return for access and favorable treatment.

For more on this story read Friday's Valley Morning Star.

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