When Nico LaHood, less than one month into his tenure as Bexar County district attorney, announced he wouldn’t seek the death penalty for a 25-year-old man who had killed the Bexar County town of  Elmendorf ‘s popular police chief in 2014, it seemed like a radical move.

But this week highly respected Bexar County Criminal District Judge Sid Harle ruled the killer was not guilty by reason of insanity. In this week’s podcast, Harle discusses the case and talks about why the law left him no choice but to acquit Joshua Manuel Lopez.

Join me every Friday for Just This. Listen in and send us your feedback. Produced by Photo Editor Scott Ball, Just This will be available here on the Rivard Report and on iTunes and Stitcher at 5 a.m.

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Rick Casey

Rick Casey's career spans four decades of award-winning reporting on San Antonio. He previously worked as a metro columnist for the former San Antonio Light and, later, the San Antonio Express-News.