Dept. Sandeep Dhaliwal: The jury found Robert Solis guilty of capital murder
HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — After a bizarre bombshell trial, the jury found Robert Solis guilty of the murder of MP Sandeep Dhaliwal in less than 30 minutes.
Solis put his case on hold Monday morning as he represented himself in his own murder trial after dismissing his lawyers.
The closing arguments were presented just before the lunch break on Monday. Previously, Solis opted to take the witness stand in the recent unusual courtroom move.
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He asked for a walkout on Friday, which was a day marked by delays.
Before testimony even began, Solis told the judge that he was going to faint because of his poor health.
Judge Chris Morton said Harris County Jail officials are responsible for monitoring his health and admonished Solis.
“Don’t try to tamper with this dish. Don’t try to manipulate the media present in this court. This is a court,” Morton told Solis.
Prosecutors rested in the afternoon after four and a half days of testimony, which included showing jurors both dashboard and body camera videos of Deputy Dhaliwal’s murder.
During Friday’s testimony, Solis asked an investigator, “If it was my intention to kill Deputy Dhaliwal and I had three rounds on me. Why should I wait until I’m right behind him?”
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“They took advantage of the fact that he was single. They mistook his kindness for weakness,” the investigator replied.
Just before his opening statement, Solis asked the judge to acquit him. This request was rejected.
His opening statement lasted just 50 seconds and began: “I stand before you as an innocent man until you all go back there and ponder and determine whether the state has discharged its burden, whether I have intentionally and knowingly, deliberately, purposefully fired that deputy.” .”
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Solis seemed emotional as he said, “I don’t want to take up any more family time, but I think I can show that I had no intention of killing that man.”
Then Solis called two witnesses. The first was a neighbor who testified that Solis called him, admitted shooting a deputy, and asked for a ride.
“I told him he was dead and I wanted nothing to do with it,” the neighbor testified.
Solis then asked his second witness, “Do you understand that they are trying to put the death penalty on me? Do you know that?”
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