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Celebrating Justice!

I received an email from the District Attorney regarding Friday’s court hearing. They were there on the defense motion for a new trial, and he spent a considerable amount of time arguing the claims raised by the defense. Then the judge DENIED the motion for a new trial and the defendant was sentenced! She received Life + 30 years in state prison.

IT IS OVER!

Praise God, it is over! Justice has been served!

Receiving this news brings great relief and closure. I’m so grateful to everyone who has worked on my case: the first responders, the police officers and detectives who worked tirelessly to find the woman who shot me and arrest her, and all the attorneys who have put in many hours to see this through. The attorney who presented my case at the preliminary hearing has continued to follow the case and even appeared at some of the trial hearings to support me. I have seen similar kindness from many others throughout this ordeal and am truly moved by it. I am grateful that God placed so many incredible people in my life to help me through such a difficult time.

I am grateful for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Filomena, St. Antonio of Padua, Bl. Anacleto and Josh Gonder. I know the Lord heard their prayers on my behalf. And I am especially grateful to all of you who continued to follow my journey and unceasingly offered your prayers and encouragement. This is your celebration, too!

Please continue to pray for the woman who shot me, that she may come to know the incredible Love, Mercy and Forgiveness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is Sovereign! ~Rosario Rodriguez

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Another court hearing this Friday

There is another court hearing on Friday, June 1st. Once again, this is when the judge is supposed to make a decision to grant the defense a new trial or deny the request. If the judge denies  the request for a new trial, the defendant will also be sentenced at the hearing. This was supposed to happen a year and a half ago at the original sentencing hearing, and at many subsequent hearings. I gotta admit, I won’t be shocked if Friday’s hearing fails to produce a resolution, but I’m praying it does.

Please continue to join me in prayer for the woman who shot me in the chest and nearly killed me almost three years ago. Pray that a she may know the Love, Mercy and Forgiveness of Christ Jesus!

Thank you to everyone who’s been faithfully participating  in this journey with me through your prayers, support and friendship. I truly appreciate and pray for all of you!

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Doing it right – Update on the TRIAL

Here’s the update on the court hearing from last Friday. The District Attorney said that it has been… postponed. lol Surprise! Surprise! The reason being that the defense filed a memorandum a day or two before the hearing… something about what he contends is “the standard for which the court must review an IAC claim after an evidentiary hearing is held.” I’m not sure what that means but apparently the court is ordering transcripts of the evidentiary hearing so they can review specific testimony. Ordering the transcripts takes at least 30 days so the court set the hearing on the motion for a new trial/sentencing for June 1st. The district attorney encouraged me to hang in there and said “It’s typically best to make sure everything is done right on the upfront and avoid potential error that may be grounds for a reversal on appeal.”

While I’ve gotten used to not getting my hopes up I’m still disappointed that this trial has yet to end.

Thank you to all of you for hanging in there with with me! Your prayers and encouragement give me the grace, courage and patience to continue to wait and  hope that justice will be served. I ask that you please continue to pray for April, (the woman who shot me) that she may come to know the love, mercy and forgiveness of Christ Jesus.

God is Sovereign!

~Rosario Rodriguez

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Court Hearing

There’s another court hearing tomorrow, Friday, March 16th. Please pray (yet again) for a resolution! As soon as I hear how it went I will be sure to let you know. Mil Gracias!

God is Sovereign!

~Rosario Rodriguez

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Still No Resolution

I heard from the deputy district attorney and he said that the defense counsel was a no show at Friday’s hearing and called the court asking for a continuance to file his latest reason for a new trial. He has a new deadline (Feb. 23rd) as does the DA to respond to his file (March 1st) and a new court date for March 16th! So it continues!

Thanks for your continued prayers and support. Please hang in there with me!

God is Sovereign!

~Rosario Rodriguez

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Another Court Hearing

There is another court hearing Friday, February 3rd. I’m not sure if the judge will be making a decision on the defense’s request for a new trial since apparently they will be submitting yet another  motion for a new trial (on top of the 20 cases the defense already cited). I’ll keep you updated whenever I hear how it goes.

Please continue to pray for justice to be served and that I may experience closure soon. Also, continue to pray for the defendant and that she may come to know the incredible love, mercy and forgiveness of Christ Jesus.

Thank you for all of your prayers & support! I can’t imagine going through this process without all the graces that comes from your prayers!!!

God is Sovereign!

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And So It Continues…

I heard from the district attorney and the sentencing hearing was delayed AGAIN!  Because of the defense’s late filing of their motion and the district attorney being in another trial, the new date for the sentencing hearing is Dec. 9th.  This will hopefully allow the district attorney enough time to prepare a written response to the defense’s fifty page motion and allow the judge enough time to review the documents and make a decision.
I am frustrated that there was no resolution this week, but I do see an end in sight.. providing the judge denies the defense’s motion.  The deputy district attorney is also frustrated but hopeful.
Thank you for all of your prayers; they are greatly appreciated.  Please continue to pray for all involved, especially for the coversion of the defendant that she will come to know the incredible love, mercy and forgiveness of Christ.

God is Sovereign!

~Rosario Rodriguez

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The Last Trial Hearing?

There is a court hearing today and hopefully it will be the last. After the defense changed her attorney  and received many continuance’s since December the judge finally plans to make a decision regarding the defenses motion for a new trial at today’s hearing. If the judge deny’s their motion for a new trial then the defendant will be sentenced today. Please pray that the judge deny’s their request for a new trial and that the defendant is sentenced justly. Above all, please pray that no matter what I will accept God’s Will in all of this.

Thank you to all of you who have supported me these past two years… especially in prayer! I couldn’t imagine going through this without all of you amazing prayer warriors! Words cannot express how truly grateful I am. Please know that I pray every day for all of you who are praying for me.

God is Sovereign!

~Rosario Rodriguez

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Christopher Closeup Podcast

My lastest and most in-depth interview to date is now online: Christopher Closeup Podcast with Tony Rossi.  Listen to the two full podcasts in which I share about surviving two attacks by violent criminals and how I’ve learned to forgive my assailants.  The first podcast contains details about the second attack (what went on in the ER, my spiritual journey through recovery, etc.) that haven’t been shared before.  In the second podcast, I talk about my family, faith and missionary work.

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Another Trial Update

Last Tuesday & Wednesday there were hearings where the defense is making their appeal for a new trial and the district attorney is objecting. The judge has asked the defense attorney and the DA to put together a memorandum of their reasons & objections to a new trial and then they will give their oral arguments at a hearing on Sept.2nd. Hopefully that won’t take too long! If not the judge will decided to accept or deny the defense’s appeal for a new trial. If the judge deny’s it then the defendant will be sentenced at that time.

Praying that this ends soon and that the defendant will be sentenced! Please continue to join me in praying for the conversion of the defendant that she may know the incredible Love, Mercy & Forgiveness of our Lord Jesus Christ!

God is Sovereign!

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