A 48-year-old San Antonio man has been convicted of a lesser charge of reckless injury to a child for the death of his 3-year-old adopted daughter but skipped court and wasn't present for the verdict.
Matthew Aranda is now a fugitive and his $250,000 bond has been revoked.
Jurors could have convicted him Wednesday of murder. Instead, they convicted on the lesser charge that's also a felony. Aranda could get up to 20 years in prison.
The San Antonio Express-News reports jurors weren't given an explanation for the empty chair where Aranda has been sitting during his trial for the 2009 death of Melody Velasquez.
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Aranda contended the child fell down some carpeted stairs. Evidence showed more than a dozen fractures and bruises over her body.