A jury has found a former Galveston police officer not guilty on one of three charges he was facing.

The jury on Friday found Justin David Popovich, 39, not guilty of continuous family violence, court records show.

But Popovich still is facing charges of stalking and violating bond conditions, court records show. It’s unclear when he might face a jury on those counts.

Popovich was arrested four times early in 2020 and is accused of stalking and violating bond conditions after trying to make contact with a woman he was ordered to stay away from, court records show.

He was first indicted on Jan. 23, 2020, on domestic violence charges.

He was accused of hitting, pushing and grabbing a woman by the neck in two different incidents in 2019, court records show.

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(4) comments

Trudy Deen Davis

Well, some things haven't improved for women. Just another example of a jury ruling it is ok for a man to put his hands on a woman and threaten her with harm. And let's not forget this was while he was in a position of authority as a Galveston Police Officer for whom should be held to a higher standard. I guess it will take a more serious tragedy to occur for a jury to hold this poor example of a man accountable. Shameful!

Carlos Ponce

A jury only goes by evidence presented. One cannot blame the jury if the prosecution did not prove its case or the evidence was insufficient.

Trudy Deen Davis

Not guilty does not equal innocent

Carlos Ponce

In the eyes of the law, "not guilty" and being found "innocent" have the same effect. The jury heard the testimony and were told to find either the defendant either "guilty" or "not guilty". This jury found the defendant "not guilty".

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