CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Jan. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nueces County District Attorney's Office filed a motion on Wednesday to dismiss the charges of money laundering brought against Mauricio Celis in 2008. This came after a hearing in open court where Celis' lawyers Gabi Canales and Bryan K. Harris won a ruling from the court after arguing a motion to suppress any and all evidence gathered and prepared by the lead investigator for the State.
The lead investigator was recently questioned under oath regarding his inquiries into the Celis case. The investigator refused to answer any questions regarding the work he did and invoked his 5th amendment privilege to avoid incriminating himself.
Mr. Celis' lawyers argued that all evidence obtained or presented by the lead investigator for the state has been tainted and therefore should be excluded. "You never expect the lead investigator, an officer of the law, to plead the 5th," said Mrs. Canales.
In addition Mr. Harris stated that, "Mr. Celis has been waiting for more than nine years to clear his name regarding these charges, and today that day finally arrived."
Mikal Watts, a long-time friend of Celis, also commented by saying, "Our system is one of the best in the world, but for it to be the best, every single person involved in it needs to work with the utmost integrity and ethical standards. It is clearly obvious that was not the case here."
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