December 8, 2012

Juror illness delays testimony in botched home invasion death trial

Testimony in a trial is expected to resume Tuesday in the case of four defendants accused of murder in the shooting death of a 32-year-old man during a 2010 botched home-invasion robbery in Modesto's airport neighborhood. Hector Rocha Jr., 23; Jaime Cerpa, 31; Phillip Lopez, 19; and Angel Del Villar, 21, are on trial facing charges connected to the death of Julio Jimenez on March 24, 2010, at a home in the 600 block of Thrasher Avenue. A suspected accomplice testified in the trial this week that a group of Norteño gang members planned an armed robbery at the home to steal drugs. The drugs were never found. One of the jurors was feeling ill, so no testimony was heard Friday. The trial, which is expected to continue for a few weeks, is not in session on Mondays.

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