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Aug 22, 2013 6:41 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Alleged Assault Victim Changes Her Story in Court

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Nueces County Deputy Constable accused of punching his girlfriend in the face back in April started trial today. But the alleged victim changed her story when she took the stand.

According to court documents, back in April Oralia Cuellar told police that, "Zapata punched her to her mouth with a closed fist causing a cut and bleeding to her lip." She also told police that, "Zapata then continued the physical assault by pushing her several times and then grabbing her hair and dragging her by her hair as she was lying on the floor."

The incident happened at their home in Robstown, Zapata was later arrested and charged with assault and harassment.

Today, Cuellar decided to tell a different story. She told the court, "it was just a typical disagreement. I slapped him first then he lifted his arms up and the back of his hand hit me." She went on to say, "I wasn't a battered victim and didn't require medical attention." She said that the only reason she called police was because she felt it was the right thing to do and that their argument "should have never been taken to this extreme."

Cuellar said she was very upset when giving her statement to police and that she thought she would be able to proofread that statement at a later time. Six News was able to catch up with Cuellar and Zapata to ask them about their thought on Cuellar's new story.

"I was corrosed there is a lot of corrosion. The truth will come out besides from that, there's a lot of discrepancies," said Cuellar. (That's an exact quote, not a typo on our part)

"You might want to talk to my attorney. OK?" said Zapata.

Meanwhile, Cuellar told the court she still considers herself Zapata's common-law wife and that she still plans on marrying him after the trial is over. Zapata is expected to take the stand Friday morning.

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