Houston man found guilty in 2016 death of motorcycle officer
HOUSTON (AP) - A jury has found a Houston man guilty of evading arrest and causing the death of a police officer who had pursued the man because he was a shoplifting suspect.
The jury returned a guilty verdict Friday against 30-year-old Dante Moore in the 2016 death of Bellaire motorcycle officer Anthony Marco Zarate.
Zarate was chasing after Moore when his motorcycle struck a parked landscaping truck. Zarate was taken to a hospital where he died.
The Houston Chronicle reports that much of the testimony during the trial hinged on whether Moore's evasion directly caused the death of the 52-year-old officer. The jury after about five hours of deliberation determined that it had.
The jury later reconvened to determine his punishment. The charge carries a term of 2 to 20 years in prison, but the punishment could be extended because Moore has been in prison twice before.
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com
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