Man facing 99 years in prison after ex-girlfriend accused him of assault proven innocent thanks to selfie his mom posted
Cristopher Precopia was arrested in September 2017, and accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home, attacking her, and using a box cutter to carve out an X on her chest
An innocent man in Texas who was facing 99 years in prison has been exonerated of the crime, thanks to a selfie uploaded on Facebook. The 21-year-old, Cristopher Precopia, was arrested on September 21, 2017, in the morning and accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home in Temple, attacking her, and using a box cutter to carve out an 'X' on her chest.
The unnamed ex-girlfriend, whom Precopia dated in high school a few years ago, claimed that the attack took place a day before he was arrested, even though Precopia refuted the claim and said that he had been out of town with his family at that time.
After his parents took out loans to post his $150,000 bail, a selfie that his mother had uploaded to her Facebook profile with the timestamp and location proved to be an essential piece of evidence to confirm his alibi. Precopia told KVUE: "I had no idea why everything was happening, and I was lost."
Precopia then faced a charge of burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit other crimes, which is a felony that carries a 99-year prison term. The ex-girlfriend claimed that the attack took place at around 7:30 p.m. on September 20, 2017. However, Precopia and his family were 65 miles away from her home at a hotel in Northwest Austin at that time.
Erin Precopia, the mother, realized when all the chaos was happening that she has posted a group selfie almost eerily around the same time as the alleged attack. The photo clearly shows Precopia in the left corner of the foreground, his mother next to him, and another couple sitting in the back. She told KVUE: "I'm thinking, 'this is awesome. By the grace of God, she said it happened on the day when I can say totally, 100 percent, where he was at'."
After the family spent thousands of dollars on lawyer fees, Precopia took the evidence he had to the Bell County prosecutor who dropped the charge nine months after his arrest "in the interest of justice".
Sworn affidavits from those who were on Precopia's side were also filed to help his defense. Rick Flores, his attorney, said: "Most of the time, we deal with gray matters. It's not normally black or white. But this is one of those cases where I could definitely prove he did not commit this offense."
The ex-girlfriend has not been charged with any crime but told the police that she and Precopia did have a troubled relationship when they used to date in high school. which she claimed was the motive behind the assault. Precopia said: "I'm ready to actually live my life, the way I want to, without having any kind of worry that this can come back and hurt me."