Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Each case will be tried separately. Each case is expected to be tried separately. Mark Benavides leaves the courtroom as his trial recesses for lunch in the Wilson County District Court and Justice Center in Floresville on Thursday, April 5, 2018. What I saw yesterday (in Benavides testimony) was a totally different man. Linda Benavides said that although he was unfaithful, she didn't leave her husband of nearly 11 years after his arrest because she supports him. Benavides, a former San Antonio lawyer, was convicted Tuesday of trafficking and having sex with clients in exchange for legal services. Salacious Uresti testimony: Denise Cantu, a Harlingen woman whom Uresti helped obtain a $2.5 million legal settlement over the deaths of two of her children in a 2010 vehicle wreck, told jurors that the lawmaker became her financial adviser, confidante, friend and eventually lover. But Benavides said he believed the encounters were consensual and testified that trading sex in exchange for legal services was never discussed. Boshoy Mina Elkhaliny, was arrested on Jan. 8, 2018 for allegedly beating, raping and holding Kaila Kutzik captive for days. Mark Benavides was scheduled to appear . Benavides was indicted earlier this month for continuous trafficking of women between 2012 and 2015. Besides offering more indoor exhibit space and outdoor interpretation in a quieter, pedestrian-friendly area, Stephen Harrigan suggests the public-private Alamo project will help people better Former attorney Mark Benavides enters the courtroom of Judge Dick Alcala on Friday during the punishment phase of his trial in Floresville. The case was later dismissed for a lack of evidence and Elkhaliny was set to be released from county jail without having to pay bail. Some of our partners may process your data as a part of their legitimate business interest without asking for consent. Read more of her stories here. Cayley Mandadi, a Trinity University cheerleader, died on Oct. 31, 2017 after falling unconscious in a car traveling to Houston. Paul Venema is a courthouse reporter for KSAT with more than 25 years experience in the role. View the profiles of professionals named "Mark Benavides" on LinkedIn. She later was excused and an alternate was seated. Benavides was sentenced to 80 years in prison on each of the six counts of continuous trafficking of persons against him. Read more of her stories here. It took the panel about six hours to decide on the sentences for the six counts of continuous trafficking of persons. He did. A 29-year-old woman who testified for the state that Benavides forced her to have anal sex and recorded the encounters sat with her hands over her face and cried as the jury heard her plead for Benavides to stop. On ExpressNews.com: Four pending sex cases against convicted ex-San Antonio attorney dismissed. To learn more about the case against Benavides, read these articles: Lawyers from various law firms, including MotleyRice, Morgan & Morgan, and Cory Watson, are flocking, Disbarred lawyer Alex Murdaugh took the stand on Thursday to deny murdering his wife and, J. Michael Connolly is set to debut his argument in the US Supreme Court in, {"duration": "400ms","fill": "both","iterations": "1","direction": "alternate","animations": [{"selector": "#scrollToTopButton","keyframes": [{"opacity": "1","visibility": "visible" W&P Porter bowl review: A container that makes office 10 beach essentials to pack for a spring break vacation, HOKA dropped a brand new version of their most popular shoe, You can still overpack the smaller Monos check-in suitcase. Please be fair. Benavides was found guilty Tuesday on six counts of continuous trafficking of persons. Linda Benavides testifies Friday during the punishment phase of the trial of her husband, Mark Benavides, in Floresville. Benavides forced six women he had represented in prostitution or drug cases to have sex with him in return for legal help. }] Benavides will serve 80 years for each count but the time will. After the judge ruled the evidence was insufficient, the victims mother collapsed in the courtroom. }] Mott died Aug. 8, 2015 and was to be cremated Aug. 15, 2015. On ExpressNews.com: Benavides sentenced to 80 years for coercing clients into having sex. Benavides filmed videos of the violent sexual encounters, one of which was so graphic that a female juror fainted after viewing it in court. San Antonio teen beating: A San Antonio 16-year-old who refused an arranged marriage endured six months of beatings at the hands of her parents before running away from her San Antonio home, according to court documents. Steege said he had not. When she asked why he was filming, he said it was just for him, she told the court. He's covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area, and is the lead reporter for KSAT Explains. But hes a good person. I looked at you three times, sir, and you were asleep, Norton told Steege. She was convicted of the DUI charge and was sentenced to two years probation, which she completed in 2016. The latest indictment is the fifth open case against Benavides. She was arrested in 2013 for DWI; he insisted she plead guilty even though she said she was innocent. Under questioning by Guerrero, Benavides said her husbands demeanor changed after his arrest in 2015. He faces two charges of sexual assault of a child, one charge of sexual assault and two charges of continuous trafficking of persons, according to court records. Texas chain with San Antonio bakeries files for bankruptcy, How a viral chicken fried steak briefly closed down Mr. Juicy, Puerto Rican restaurant finds new life in former Rosario's spot, Report: San Antonio Rep. 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Linda Benavides, who is the wife of Mark Benavides, receives his belt and necktie Friday from a sheriffs deputy after he was sentenced to 80 years as punishment after being convicted for continuous trafficking of persons. I looked at you three times, sir, and you were asleep, Norton told Steege. "" 11-23; 09-29; 09-29; 2021 09-17 "" . "Theres others out there, I know. Born and reared in San Antonio, she graduated from Fox Tech High School in 1981 and has been a newspaper journalist since she graduated from Texas Woman's University at Denton in 1985. A Texas jury sentenced former San Antonio lawyer Mark Benavides to 80 years in prison April 6 for coercing clients to have sex with him in exchange for legal services. Bendavid was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to a Belgian-born mother and a Moroccan-Jewish father. The 48-year-old, who has since been disbarred, was first arrested in November 2015 accused of using force or coercing at least nine female clients into prostitution. He cheated. More: S.A. animal sacrifice was Santera practice, but was it illegal? It's an understatement to call it cheating if its a criminal act, Norton replied. He was so resistant to the idea he had done anything wrong, Steege said. Reyes survived for two weeks before being pronounced dead. As he walked out, Benavides, 48, glanced at his parents and mouthed I love you to his wife. The San Antonio attorney is accused of coercing clients into having sex with him in exchange for money or legal services. Charges against ten of eleven people arrested for animal cruelty in March, involving what one official described as some sort of unknown ritual involving dismembered goats and chickens, were later dropped. The woman said that, eventually, Benavides stopped talking to her about her drug case except to urge her to plead guilty. This is a carousel. The sexual encounters would take place in his law office, his car, at motels, or at the courthouse. She said Benavides told her to say 'bye' to the camera after they finished. Prosecutor Meredith Chacon said although the state wanted for the judge to stack the sentences and have them run one right after the other, they decided to withdraw that motion at this time. The sentences will be served at the same time. The trial against former San Antonio attorney Mark Benavides began Tuesday with a graphic start. Prosecutors said Benavides will be back in a courtroom to face additional charges. SAN ANTONIO Former attorney Mark Benavides has been sentenced to 80 years for six counts of continuing trafficking of persons. Please be fair. More: Jury deadlocks in murder case involving San Antonio man whose remains were grilled. The father-of-two was convicted on all six counts he faced of continuous trafficking of persons and the panel took six hours to decide his sentences. One of the women, now 32, covered her eyes and stifled tears as she recounted her ordeal. Please be fair. Due to the large amounts of publicity surrounding the case, the trial was moved from Bexar County to Wilson County. Benavides was arrested in November 2015 while he was running for Bexar County District judge, and was indicted in April 2016. Benavides, a former San Antonio lawyer, was convicted Tuesday of trafficking and having sex with clients in exchange for legal services. Julie Mott trail: A jury awarded Sharlotte and Timothy Mott $8 million on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 after they found Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries negligent in the loss of their daughters body. document.write(new Date().getFullYear()); Hearst Communications Inc. I thought I was alone victims of disgraced San Antonio lawyer Mark Henry Benavides get a second chance, (Josie Norris /Staff Photographer | Express-News), Photo: Billy Calzada /San Antonio Express-News, (Josie Norris, The San Antonio Express-News / Staff Photographer | Express-News), Benavides sentenced to 80 years for coercing clients into having sex, Four pending sex cases against convicted ex-San Antonio attorney dismissed, Jury being picked to hear S.A. ex-lawyers sex case. What I saw yesterday (in Benavides testimony) was a totally different man. When she pushed back, he was true to his word. Mark W Benavides, born Circa 1969 More: 'A classic sociopath: Abused victims of Stone Oak playboy speak out after years of violence. Copyright 2023 KSAT.com is managed by Graham Digital and published by Graham Media Group, a division of Graham Holdings. Benavides texted and called her, describing in explicit terms the sex acts he wanted her to perform. One of thevideos was so graphic that a female juror fainted as the panel left the courtroom last week. In her closing argument, defense attorney Liza Rodriguez said Benavides is not the person jurors saw only in the snippets of video the state put together for them to watch. Before Benavides was taken away, the judge increased his bail to $150,000 on each of the remaining four cases pending against him. At the end, she said, he would ask her to say bye to the camera. Prosecutors said rather than tack on more prison time for Benavides, who is eligible for parole in about 28 years, theyre more interested in making sure the clients he represented are receiving due justice for their cases. There are women we did speak to that did not want to participate," said Meredith Chacon, a prosecutor. So, I did.. A Wilson County jury found Benavides guilty on Tuesday. Jurors on Friday afternoon are deliberating the fate of former San Antonio attorney Mark Benavides. Benavides was convicted. More: Uresti, Cain found guilty on all charges in end to salacious month-long fraud trial. His accusers said those sexual encounters took placeon days when they had court dates, and sometimes would occurin jury and witness rooms in the courthouse. ezavala@express-news.net | Twitter: @elizabeth2863. The juror was replaced by an alternate. "I'm asking you to have mercy and give me the minimum," Benavides said while crying. She told jurors Feb. 1, 2018, that she and Uresti would have sex in his law office. At the time of Mark's court proceedings, Linda requested the jury to "please be fair as his kids love him so much." Mark Henry Benavides, 48, broke down in tears on Friday as he heard the sentence and mouthed 'I love you' to his wife, who is still staying with him A former San Antonio attorney has been. Mark Benavides (left) sits beside defense attorney Liza Rodriguez during his trial in the Wilson County District Court and Justice Center in Floresville on Thursday. The video caused one juror to faint, according to the Express News. The two agencies, normally on opposing sides, are working together to ensure justice for the victims of disbarred lawyer Mark Henry Benavides, who was once a candidate for state district judge. It was creepy, throwing advances like that, and he wants me to put out for him to help me. This is a carousel. Mark Benavides looks back at his wife and parents Friday as he is escorted out of the courtroom after being sentenced to 80 years for continuous trafficking of persons. And he did.. Rodriguez argued that Benavides did not kill someone and should not be sent away for life. document.getElementById("ak_js_1").setAttribute("value",(new Date()).getTime()); For requests, complaints, suggestions or queries, contact us via E-mail below, Diane McIver Wikipedia Biography Family, Wedding, Age, Funeral, Dolores Avery Age, Death Dead or Alive 2023 Wikipedia, Young, Bio, RachelJeffs Husband, Net worth, Age, Children Kids Wiki Biography , Eddie Ray Routh Now 2023, Wikipedia, Die, Mother, Death, Age, PTSD, Dalia Dippolito Age, Wiki, Husband, Teeth, Family Son, Mom, Bio Now, Teresa Halbach Wiki, Family Tree, Brother, Bio Steven Avery Case , Elizabeth Yardley Wiki, Age, Birthday, Married, Family (Personal Life) Bio, Tex McIver Age, Wife Wikipedia Bio Appeal Updates, Ranch. Norton told the jury that this wasnt Benavides trial alone, that it was shared with every single person who took the stand and told their stories. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms. More: Death penalty testimony paints violent portrait of officers killer. Your email address will not be published. 'To me, it's cheating,' Benavides replied. Taken advantage of, really, the woman recalled. Mark Steege, a sex therapist, testifies Friday during the punishment phase of the trial of Mark Benavides in Floresville. She told Benavides she did not want to have sex with him, but he still made me, she said. I felt young and dumb and powerless. The woman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Mark married Crystal A Valdez on month day 2009, at age 28 at marriage place, Texas. She hired attorney Mark Benavides, who she said began demanding sex, threatening that if she didn't "play with him" he would ensure she and her son, who had an unrelated case in another court, would be send to prison. He is facing up to 99 years in prison. 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