San Antonio, Texas, February 10, 2017: This afternoon, a Bexar County jury in the 186th District Court sentenced Dustin Lee Osborne, age 22, to 80 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and assessed a $10,000.00 fine. On Wednesday, jurors found Osborne guilty of the August 2014 murder of Ralph Lopez, age 34.
On August 11, 2014, Lopez was outside his home in the 9200 block of Lytle Avenue, on the city’s south side, when Osborne and Osborne’s uncle, Gabriel Aguilar showed up. The pair was at Lopez’ home to pick up two women who were at the location. One of the women, however, refused to leave with the men. Lopez intervened and began fighting with Aguilar. A witness told police that Aguilar then instructed Osborne to shoot Lopez. Osborne shot Lopez six times. He later died at a hospital.
Osborne and Aguilar left the location before police could arrive, but were both arrested and charged with Lopez’s murder. Under questioning by police, Osborne told detectives that he thought Lopez was reaching in his waistband for a weapon when Osborne opened fire. The State’s witnesses, however, testified during the trial that Lopez did not have a weapon and Osborne shot Lopez after his uncle instructed him to do so. On the stand, Osborne claimed he shot Lopez in self-defense, claiming he was in fear for his life. No weapon was found on the victim.
Murder is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Gabriel Aguilar, a co-defendant in this case, is awaiting trial for Lopez’ murder. Assistant District Attorneys Joshua Somers and Lauren Scott prosecuted the case against Osborne in the 186th District Court.