SAN ANTONIO — Lawyers for indicted state Sen. Carlos Uresti say sexy texts between one of his co-defendants and Denise Cantu of Harlingen undermine her credibility as the star witness in his upcoming criminal trial, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
Uresti, D-San Antonio, contends that federal prosecutors disobeyed court rules by delaying the turnover of the sexy texts, which he believes may help exonerate him. Uresti’s legal team filed a court motion Monday to force disclosure of any other information that might help his case.
Uresti, Stan Bates, and Gary Cain were indicted in May on 22 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud and other crimes for their roles in FourWinds Logistics, a now-defunct oil field services company. Uresti served as outside legal counsel for a short time and recruited Cantu as an investor. She is slated to testify against Uresti at the trial, scheduled to begin Jan. 4.
“Sexting” between Cantu and Bates, the company’s CEO, is laced with explicit content amid discussions about the performance of Cantu’s investment in FourWinds.
At one point, Cantu and Bates text:
In another exchange, Cantu texted Bates: “I wanna ride the (expletive) outta you.”
In yet another thread, Cantu writes: “I OWE YOU Birthday Sex.”
Uresti attorney Tab Turner said, “The text messages clearly contradict the government’s ongoing efforts to create the impression that Ms. Cantu was an honest, unwitting, and innocent victim who placed great reliance on Defendant Uresti when in fact the truth shows that she was ‘working’ quite closely, and obviously intimately, with Defendant Bates.”
Uresti’s defense team received the texts last week, nearly two years after prosecutors obtained them, Turner said. He described them as “exculpatory evidence” that should have been turned over earlier.
Meantime, the colorful Cantu was arrested last month in what police describe as an assault and robbery.
After a car accident, the 38-year-old Cantu and accomplice Monica Escobedo allegedly assaulted a female victim and stole her cell phone.
“During the assault, Cantu’s accomplice allegedly pointed a handgun at the victim, threatening her life,” Harlingen police said in a press release. “A male witnessed the assault and attempted to intervene, but was also allegedly threatened with the handgun.”