This week, Bexar County Grand Juries handed down 285 felony indictments.
Mathew Wiessing is charged with murder. The indictment alleges that on March 10, 2022, Wiessing intentionally and knowingly caused the death of Michael Echaniz by shooting Echaniz with a deadly weapon (firearm). The Family Violence Division is prosecuting this case in the 290th District Court. Murder is a first-degree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.
Israel Lopez is charged with failure to stop and render aid resulting in death. The indictment alleges that on April 2, 2020, Lopez intentionally and knowingly drove a vehicle that became involved in an accident that resulted in death to Yvonne Arias, and Lopez, knowing said accident had occurred, intentionally and knowingly failed to determine whether a person was involved in the accident and to determine whether that person required aid, and said accident resulted in the death of Arias. The Criminal Trial Division is prosecuting this case in the 227th District Court. Failure to stop and render aid resulting in death is a second-degree felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. A person charged by indictment is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury or a judge. Because these and potentially other cases are either pending or may be under investigation, we can make no further comment on them.
Copies of indictments may be requested from the Bexar County District Clerk. Information on court settings can be found by searching the case online or directly from the court.