Jury deliberates in Brownsville mayor's theft case

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A South Texas jury has begun deliberations in the theft trial of Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada.

The Cameron County jury deliberated briefly Wednesday before recessing for the day without a verdict. Jurors are scheduled to resume deliberations Thursday.

Prosecutors say Ahumada was trying to steal $26,000 from the Texas border city when he deposited a city check to a vendor in his own account last year. His attorneys contend he deposited the check by mistake.

The Brownsville Herald reports prosecutors told jurors in closing arguments Wednesday that Ahumada was in a financial bind when a home-equity loan was delayed in October 2008,
Information from: The Brownsville Herald,

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