Your opinion Trial begins in Saratoga Springs abduction case illegal from El Salvador 14-count indictment?
Question by Maricopa County : Your opinion Trial begins in Saratoga Springs abduction case illegal from El Salvador 14-count indictment? BALLSTON SPA — Attorneys presented their opening statements Friday afternoon in the case accusing an illegal immigrant of abducting a 24-year-old Saratoga Springs woman and threatening to rape and kill her.
Victor Vladimir Hernandez-Perez, is facing a 14-count indictment related to the incident that is said to have occurred last July.
Hernandez-Perez, a 23-year-old man from El Salvador, listened silently in Saratoga County Court on Friday as First Assistant District Attorney Karen Heggen presented the opening statements for the prosecution.
Heggen told the 12 jurors – seven men and five women – and two alternate jurors that the woman was walking along the city’s west side at about 11 p.m. on July 23 and talking to her boyfriend on a cell phone when she was struck on the head with a blunt object.
“The next thing she remembered, she was inside of a minivan and the door was closing,” Heggen told jurors.
The man allegedly drove from the city to a more rural area in Greenfield and while holding what appeared to be a gun, forced the woman to disrobe as he threatening to kill and rape her.
The woman escaped by fleeing from the van. She ran naked through a wooded area before eventually locating a residential home where she was allowed to enter, and where police were called, Heggen said.
Hernandez-Perez was stopped by police three days later when authorities recognized the blue van that he was driving as resembling witnesses’ descriptions of the van involved in the alleged incident.
On Friday, Heggen pointed angrily at the defendant on three separate occasions during her opening comments and accused Hernandez-Perez as being responsible for the woman’s living “nightmare” and the cause of “that odyssey that occurred that Thursday night.”
Defense attorney Frederick Rench reminded the jury that their ultimate decision in the case should be based on facts, and not on emotion.
“I want to take apart this incident, frame-by-frame,” said Rench, during his opening statement.
The 14-charge indictment against Hernandez- Perez includes 12 felony counts for robbery, kidnapping and assault, and two misdemeanors for criminal possession of a weapon. Many of the charges allege that Hernandez-Perez committed the crimes with intent to cause physical injury or that they were sexually motivated crimes.
Rench said he will specifically be focusing on the felony charges.
“We have to take this apart, piece by piece,” he said. “Mr. Hernandez-Perez is not guilty of robbery. He is not guilty of kidnapping. He is not guilty of assault.”
The jury selection process, which began Thursday morning, was completed early Friday afternoon when 12 jurors and two alternate jurors were eventually named from the 127 potential jurors who were interviewed over the two-day period.
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Answer by J$ mooTH
Illegal Alien Scum..quite typical
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