Killer's mother scuffles with court workers in wild scenes after Texas jury convicts suspect of murdering a man who was beaten with baseball bats, dismembered and COOKED on a barbecue

Mail Online | 9/30/2014 | Associated Press;Ariel Zilber For
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Chaos broke out in a San Antonio courtroom after a Texas jury convicted a suspect in the slaying of a man who was beaten with baseball bats and dismembered before his amputated and charred limbs were found on a barbecue grill.

Jurors took about three hours to find Daniel Moreno Lopez guilty of murder on Tuesday in the September 2014 killing of 35-year-old Jose Luis Menchaca, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

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Witnesses testified at trial that the killing was in retaliation for Menchaca stabbing Lopez in the back days earlier over a botched drug deal.

After the verdict was read, Lopez began to flail and was forced from the courtroom by Bexar County sheriff's deputies.

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As many as 10 sheriff's deputies needed to be called into the courtroom before the verdict was read to make sure that Lopez would not harm anyone.

It took at least eight deputies to push Lopez out of the courtroom and into a holding room for inmates, according to the Express-News.

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At the same time, Lopez's girlfriend, his mother, and his aunt left the courtroom crying.

His mother was sobbing uncontrollably and appeared despondent. In the hallway outside the court, photos show her being physically restrained by an unidentified person.

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The mother was also seen collapsing onto the floor while two people tended to her.

'No!' she was heard screaming after the verdict.


She then ran down the stairs.

Lopez is set to be sentenced on July 25, after a presentencing investigation...
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