Refugio officer accused of pepper-spraying infant found not guilty

The Refugio County Courthouse on March 17, 2022, in Refugio, Texas.

REFUGIO — A former police officer accused of injuring a 3-day-old infant with pepper spray was acquitted on Wednesday, the third day of a trial that concluded after less than a half-hour of deliberation by the jury.

Lee Jordan, 38, became emotional as the judge read aloud the verdict, which cleared the former Refugio police officer of any wrongdoing in a March 2021 traffic stop that sparked a criminal investigation and civil litigation against the city from the infant’s mother.

Jordan celebrated with family just outside of the courtroom. His attorney, Eric Perkins, said his client was “very grateful for the outcome.”

The trial hinged on a March 12, 2021, traffic stop Jordan conducted on a residential road in Refugio. The former officer pulled over a vehicle driven by Michael Paredes, whom he clocked going 47 mph in a 30 mph zone.

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