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!
Filed under Trial, Update
Due to a surprising turn of events the sentencing hearing and victim’s impact statement have been postponed. The defense attorney came into court saying that he received some emails early this morning from the defendant’s family telling him that they have hired another attorney to represent the defendant and that he was available on certain dates two weeks away. The problem was no one could get a hold of this new attorney! He hadn’t contacted the court or spoken with the defendant or the defense attorney. What craziness!!!
The judge was not very pleased about all of this especially since this hearing has been on the calendar for two months! Keeping in mind that I flew out her specifically to give my victim’s impact statement she postponed the hearing until next Friday, Dec.17th while I’m still in town. So I must wait a week!!!
It seems to me that the defendant and her family are trying to pull some sort of stunt! While the judge wanted to rule that it was too late in the trial to hire someone else she choose not to because that could end up being cause for an appeal saying that the defendant wasn’t represented by the counsel she wanted. What drama in the courtroom! There were a lot of very frustrated people there this morning.
My friend Melissa S. was a HUGE support to me during all of this and reminded me that God must have His reasons for postponing! While I wanted to get this done and over with I’m going to do my best to trust in Christ and cling to His peace & joy during this coming week.
Thank you to all of you who have been praying! Your prayers are needed & greatly appreciated!!! I’m just sorry this still isn’t over with.
God is Sovereign! ~Rosario Rodriguez
Filed under Trial, Update
I FINALLY heard from the District Attorney! Last week at the pre-trial they proposed adding a charge and are hoping she will plead to this one. He said that apparently she’s hesitant to do so. So there’s another pre-trial scheduled for Oct. 25th.
She will be sentenced for the charges that she was found guilty on that day too. I was really hoping to be able to attend sentencing and address the judge & the defendant but it looks like that’s not going to happen… I just can’t afford it!
Please continue to pray for the defendant. For her conversion and that she comes to know the incredible love, mercy & forgiveness of Our Lord.
Filed under Trial, Update
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!
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!