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Man accused of BBQ'ing victim's remains after brutal beating death found not guilty

Gabriel Moreno was found not guilty in the 2014 beating death of Jose Luis Menchaca. (SBG file photo)

SAN ANTONIO (WOAI/KABB) - A man who stood trial twice on charges that he beat a man to death before dismembering him and burning his remains in a barbecue pit was found not guilty on Wednesday.

Gabriel Moreno was accused of killing Jose Luis Menchaca in 2014 during a violent struggle during which Menchaca was beaten to death with a baseball bat.

This was Moreno's second trial on murder charges. The first ended with a deadlocked jury back in March.

Witnesses testified against Moreno during the trial that he and another man ambushed Menchaca in the back bedroom of a home on Hillwood. The other man, Daniel Lopez, was convicted earlier this year and sentenced to life in prison.

A third person accused in Menchaca's murder, Candie Dominguez, pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

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