Trooper, Deputy Appealing Guilty Verdicts in Dereliction of Duty Trial


A state highway trooper and Delaware County deputy are asking a judge to reconsider guilty verdicts.

Attorneys representing Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Sean Carpenter and Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Beggs said that they planned to appeal the jury’s finding that the lawmen were guilty of dereliction of duty.

Carpenter, Beggs and Delaware County deputy Christopher Hughes were charged following the death of Uriel Juarez-Popoca. The officers opted not to arrest the visibly intoxicated man, who they found crashed into a median along I-71. The trooper and two deputies were seen on dash camera video discussing what to do with Uriel Juarez- Popoca.

One of the deputies later dropped Popoca off at a Taco Bell, where he later walked into the road and was hit by a car and killed.

Hughes was one of the men also scheduled to face trial, but last Thursday, he pleaded no contest to a minor misdemeanor on failure to assist a law enforcement officer.

Carpenter and Beggs each face $1,000 fines.

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December 18, 2012: Delaware Jury Finds Lawmen Guilty On Dereliction Of Duty Charges
December 14, 2012: Lawmen On Trial For Death Of Man They Dropped Off At Restaurant
December 13, 2012 :Delaware County Deputy Pleads No Contest, Ordered To Pay $20 Fine After Man’s Death
September 14, 201: 2 Deputies, 1 Trooper Charged In Connection With Death Of Man Left At Taco Bell
September 4, 2012: New Dash Cam Analysis Shows Possible Misconduct By Deputies, Trooper
August 23, 2012: Criminal Investigation Underway In Death Of Man Left At Taco Bell
August 20, 2012: Questions Surface After Man Dropped Off At Taco Bell Dies
August 17, 2012: Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers, Delaware County Deputies Under Investigation After Man Dies