Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Verdict is in!

After three days of deliberation the jury has finally made it’s verdict. It’s good news and bad news. I’ll tell you the good news first! For the 2nd count where the defendant was charged with robbery, discharging a gun and cause of bodily harm the defendant has been found guilty! Now for the bad news….For the 1st count where the defendant was charged with attempted murder (intent to kill) the jury was hung. Apparently a few jurors were hung up on the word ‘intent’. The Deputy District Attorney said that they will try her again for this charge and there’s already a pre-trial date set for Oct. 7th. (I do not have to attend) There will be a sentencing within the next few weeks for the 2nd count and she’s looking at 30 years to life for that.

So…. we (kind of) won!!! But we’re not done yet! It’s been an emotional roller coaster, many times feeling like I’m in a perpetual state of lent. But now I can rejoice over this victory! After sharing the news with my sister Cecilia I was so relieved and thankful that the defendant was convicted guilty of at least one count that I broke down sobbing, thanking Jesus over and over again and kissing him on a beautiful and large San Damiano Crucifix. I’m so grateful that justice has been served and excited that this is almost over!

Thank you all sooo much for the prayers! I can’t imagine going through this without your support and prayers. You’ve all been a HUGE blessing in my life and I can’t thank you enough!

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Still Waiting… but Finding Comfort in the Psalms

I still haven’t heard from the DA so I’m assuming the jury went home yesterday evening and will be back to deliberate again today.

I woke up at 4am PST and couldn’t fall back to sleep. I prayed for an hour and a half for the jurors and the defendant. Then I prayed Lauds (morning prayer) and after that read the readings for the day. I was struck by the responsorial psalm for today….

Ps 144 “Blessed be the Lord, my Rock, my mercy and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, My SHIELD, in whom I trust”.

I decided to look up the rest of the psalm and found comfort in the rest. Here’s a few excerpts: “From the menacing sword deliver me; rescue me from the hands of foreign foes. Their mouths speak untruth; their right hands are raised in lying oaths. Happy the people so blessed; happy the people whose God is the LORD.”

I also prayed psalm 91 this morning which is one of my favorite psalms. I’ve always loved chanting it at compline (night prayer)! And it brought me great comfort during the early morning and I’m sure it will throughout the day! I’ve posted it below.

Thanks for all the prayers, support and encouraging words. They really do mean sooo much to me!!!

Psalm 91

1 2 You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
Say to the LORD, “My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.”
God will rescue you from the fowler’s snare, from the destroying plague,
Will shelter you with pinions, spread wings that you may take refuge; God’s faithfulness is a protecting shield.
You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day,
Nor the pestilence that roams in darkness, nor the plague that ravages at noon.
Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, near you it shall not come.
You need simply watch; the punishment of the wicked you will see.
You have the LORD for your refuge; you have made the Most High your stronghold.
No evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent.
3 For God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways.
With their hands they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the asp and the viper, trample the lion and the dragon.
Whoever clings to me I will deliver; whoever knows my name I will set on high.
All who call upon me I will answer; I will be with them in distress; I will deliver them and give them honor.
With length of days I will satisfy them and show them my saving power.

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I  spoke with the DA this evening and he informed me that both sides made their closing arguments until 3pm (PST). The jury went into deliberation around 3:30pm and then left for the day after 4pm and will continue tomorrow morning. Apparently the defense put up an intense argument regarding my ability to identify her (especially in the hospital when shown photos) and questioned the detectives investigation.  Please pray for the jury tonight and tomorrow that they will listen carefully to my testimony , believe what I have said and that justice will be served. Also, please continue to pray for the defendant and for her conversion!

Thank you for all your prayers! I’m very grateful for them all. At this time I’m trying to remain peaceful and trust in the Lord that justice will be served!

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Support Catholic Art at ArtPrize!

Artist Mic Carlson has created two life size, bronze statues for ArtPrize. The statues of Jesus and St. Francis of Assisi will be unveiled at the Opening Night Reception tonight at the Waters Building, Downtown Grand Rapids, MI from 6pm – 10pm.

Micasso Productions, Waters Building 161 Ottawa, NW (Downtown GR) Suite 100 (on main floor)

How you can support Catholic Art at ArtPrize: Please vote for Mic’s St. Francis & Jesus during the first week (Sept 22-29)  which is a crucial time for voting and help him make it to the top 10! Last year his Bronze statue of St. Francis of Assisi – brother of peace missed the top 10 by just a few votes. He was in the top 25 during the entire event.

There is buzz that Wood – TV8 may be at the Waters Building at 5:00pm for Mic’s opening night for ArtPrize. They stopped by to talk to Mic earlier today and are going around town capturing footage at events for the 6pm news. Come on down early if you want to be on tv!

Also, News/Talk Radio 1340 WJRWwill at the Waters Building interviewing Mic at 6:30pm

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Case at Rest

I received a call from the District Attorney late this afternoon and he said that the prosecution and the defense rests. They have finished calling all the witnesses and tomorrow morning they will give their closing arguments.  Then the jury will deliberate. Please pray for them and for the decision that they make!

Also, please continue to pray for the conversion of the defendant.

Thank you sooo much for al l of your prayers! They have been greatly needed, felt and appreciated! Many blessings to you all!

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I Testified Today

I testified this afternoon. It was hard and there were tears but thanks to your prayers I was able to focus and answer the questions as truthfully and as best as I could. Thank you a MILLION TIMES for your prayers!!! I couldn’t have gotten through this without all the grace and peace that came from them!!!
I’m on call but the District Attorney doesn’t think I’ll be called back. Thankfully I can leave the building as well as downtown. I just can’t leave Los Angeles until the trial is over.
Thanks again for all the prayers!!! I’m so grateful for each and every one of them!!!

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Tough Day but A LOT of Peace!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers!!!! I could feel them despite how hard today was. I didn’t end up testifying. They finished selecting a jury but need to still select a couple alternative jurors. Which they will finish Monday morning. So I will be testifying as soon as they are done doing that.  The court closed early at 3pm today for the Jewish holiday.

While meeting with the district attorney (who is doing an amazing job!) I found out that the defendant is trying to blame me for the shooting!!! When I heard this it broke my heart. I couldn’t believe that after committing such a brazen act toward me that her heart is so hard that she would also lie about it! I also felt A LOT of pressure knowing that I need to be very detailed and every word I say carry’s a lot of weight. I freaked out feeling that I might get something wrong or not remember everything correctly and was going to fail. I sent out a txt to some friends asking for prayer and then broke down crying for a little bit. At that time my good friend Melissa walked into the witness waiting room, so I filled her in and she sat right down and prayed with me. I also began receiving encouraging txts from my friends telling me that they stepped up the prayers. I calmed down and experienced A LOT of peace! Which I know was from all the grace & prayers being lifted up for me!

Then the attorney from the preliminary hearing came by and was a great support! We hung out for awhile and caught up and then I mentioned to her some problems I’d had with bills and victim’s advocate so she took us to their office and everyone was sooo kind and generous! We were able to straighten everything out and felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders knowing I don’t have to worry about all of that anymore! Praise God!!!

After we figured all that out they were kind enough to let us stay and wait in their office which was a lot nicer then the witness waiting room so we waited for the DA to contact me. Once 2:45pm came we knew that I wouldn’t be testifying so we headed down to meet up with him and find out when he would need me on Monday.

Thank you AGAIN for all the prayers!!! They were needed and were GREATLY felt and appreciated!!!!

I’ll definitely need them again on Monday. I’ll keep you posted as to how this plays out. Thanks again! ~Rosario

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Update: Rosario arrived at the courthouse today to find that the defendant is trying to make it look like an accident.  This is such a spiritual battle right now!  Please, please pray for Rosario. 

I spoke with a friend of ours, who is a Franciscan nun.  She reminded me that today is the Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis.  She said it is rather fitting that Rosario should endure the suffering of Christ, who was falsely accused, on the same day we acknowledge St. Francis partaking in the same suffering.  

Your prayers have carried Rosario through many difficult times over the past year.  She needs your immediate help!  I know many of you have been praying already, but please take a moment to lift her up to God. 

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Testifying Today!

I received an email from the District Attorney last night saying that they hadn’t finished selecting a jury but hope to do so this morning.  If they do I will be testifying this afternoon. I’m to be at the court today at noon. Please, please, please pray that I can have peace and strength during all this! I’m also still praying that she plead guilty this morning!!!

Thanks everyone! I’ll let you know what happens.


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Trial Expenses

As stressful as the upcoming trial has been, so too is my concern over the many expenses for my trip to Los Angeles.  The court will reimburse me for my flight but not my dad’s, and they will only reimburse hotel expenses for the day(s) I take the stand, not even for the days I’m required to be available ‘just in case’.  They won’t cover the car rental necessary to get me to the courthouse, nor any miscellaneous needs such as food, parking, etc.  Unfortunately, my family and I don’t have the finances for any of this.  Our resources have been strapped over the past year trying to cover daily needs and lingering hospital and therapy bills.

To help alleviate my stress so I can focus on the already difficult situation of testifying, my former employer in Los Angeles, Act One, has set up an account for donations.  If you or anyone you know is interested in helping out, you can visit the donate page and click the link provided.  Thank you for your generosity during these frustrating circumstances.

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