Zapata granted continuance in felony case

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A San Angelo bail bondsman expected to go to trial on Jan. 19 has received a continuance in his case. A new pre-trial has been set for April 12. Ray Zapata, 64, was charged in June 2014, with theft of more than $200,000, aggravated perjury and two counts forgery.

The case stems from the death of one of Zapata’s clients, 77 year-old John Edward Sullivan. Zapata and attorney John Young are accused of forging documents after Zapata found Sullivan dead of natural causes in his home in June 2014.

It’s alleged that the two illegally took control of $200,000 or more from Sullivan’s estate without consent of the owner, according to court documents.

Young was charged with theft of more than $200,000, misapplication by a judiciary more than $200,000, aggravated perjury and forgery.

Zapata’s attorney, Mark S. Snodgrass, filed a motion for continuance in 119th District Court on Nov. 23, 2015, for both the pre-trial, scheduled for Dec. 1, 2015, and a jury trial, scheduled for Jan. 19. In the court document, assistant attorney general Shane Attaway is scheduled for a jury trial in 82nd District Court Feb. 1. According to the document, Snodgrass stated the continuation was requested in order to preserve the defendant’s constitutional rights to effective assistance of counsel, due process and due course of law under the Fifth, Sixth and 14th amendments.

A call was made to Attaway Thursday afternoon. He was not in the office, according to a voicemail recording.