Texan Convicted of Causing Fires Drops Appeal
A Cibolo, Texas, man convicted of starting the June 11, 2011, fire that caused more than $500,000 in damage at an RV park in Kendall County has dropped his appeal, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
Authorities say several roadside brush fires were caused between Center Point and Boerne by hot embers flying out of a barbecue grill that Alexander J. Lopez, 34, was transporting in a trailer following a cookout.
The largest blaze burned 140 acres on both sides of Interstate 10 near Comfort and destroyed several vehicles and buildings at the Top of the Hill RV Park.
In March, Alexander pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless damage or destruction in justice of the peace court and was fined $500.
He later filed notice that he would appeal the conviction to Kendall County Court at Law, where he was set for a pretrial hearing Wednesday (Oct. 24).
However, Lopez said he dropped his appeal “for now” on the advice of his attorney, who couldn't be reached.
RV park owner John Bollinger said the business is only now rebounding from a drop in customers due to the fire.
“We're hoping that we'll be up to full speed by January,” he said.
Lopez asserted that authorities have no proof that he caused the fires, but Assistant Kendall County Attorney Nicole Bishop said, “We had a good, strong case against him.”