Trial for Longmont Man Accused of Sexual Assault to Start March 11
The trial for Juan Jose Figueroa, Jr., 29, will begin on March 11 and is scheduled to last 10 days.
Figueroa is accused of violently sexually assaulting a woman he met in a Longmont bar in November 2017. He faces six sexual assault charges, as well as attempted second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree assault.
He also is the named suspect in the disappearance of Rita Gutierrez-Garcia, a 34-year-old Longmont mother of three who was last seen in the early hours of March 18.
Wednesday at the final motions hearing for the sexual assault case, Boulder County District Court Judge Judith LaBuda granted an extra day for the trial and denied the defense’s request that the prosecution provide its exhibits beforehand.
The defense argued that exhibits from one of the prosecution’s expert witnesses, a doctor expected to testify about serious bodily injuries, should be provided in advance.
“There were numerous gory, horrifying exhibits in his examples,” said public defender Marshal Seufert.
The prosecution argued that exhibits might not be necessary, depending on how the defense cross-examines the doctor. It also is not required to provide exhibits in advance in criminal cases.
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