Aggravated assault case against Cuero man dismissed

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Oct. 16, 2013 at 5:16 a.m.
Updated Oct. 17, 2013 at 5:17 a.m.

The case of a Cuero man accused in a stabbing was dismissed after officials said the victim lied about his involvement.

Eddie Wilkinson, Victoria County Assistant District Attorney, signed the dismissal for Johnny Eugene Eakin, 49, on Wednesday.

Eakin was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.

He was arrested April 18 alongside Jessica Orellana, 26.

They were found driving around in a red sport utility vehicle hours after fleeing the scene of what police described as a domestic disturbance in the 2800 block of Mitchell Street.

There, Robert Longoria, 47, who Orellana once dated, was stabbed several times, according to earlier reports.

Wilkinson said he could not pursue the case after Longoria admitted to him months after talking with detectives that he lied about Eakin's involvement.

"It was my opinion that (Longoria) was trying to cover for Jessica Orellana because the two have a relationship," Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson said evidence showed the stabbing happened after Longoria dropped off their child at Orellana's house, where the two argued. She then went to Longoria's house, where the assault occurred.

Orellana pleaded guilty on Oct. 2 to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, court records show.

She has a sentencing hearing scheduled for Oct. 31.

Eakin's attorney, Arnold Hayden, said sometimes cases indicted by a grand jury change as they are investigated.

"I'm glad Mr. Wilkinson could re-evaluate this case based on the new facts as they came to light," he said.



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