A man with a record of sexual assault convictions faces additional sex crimes and murder charges. Police announced the arrest of a man they characterize as a violent predator in a 1980 murder.
According to police, the victim, an 81-year-old woman died en route to the hospital after being sexually assaulted and beaten. The woman lived in her Oxnard home at the time of her death. At the time, investigators collected DNA evidence but the case went cold. Last December, cold-case investigators matched the DNA evidence to a convicted sexual offender. The man had previous convictions for 4 different burglary and sexual assault cases.
The suspect is classified as a sexually violent predator and was receiving treatment at a state hospital following his parole. He could face the death penalty in the Oxnard murder. He could also receive a sentence of life in prison without parole.
The suspect remains jailed without bail. He will return to court on June 3 for a probable cause hearing. In the meantime, investigators continue to seek out witnesses in the case and look for other potential assault victims.
Oxnard sex crimes attorney
When you face charges for a sexual offense, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
DNA evidence and changes to the statute of limitations mean that authorities can prosecute suspects years after a crime. At the same time, DNA evidence is not an absolute guarantee of a conviction. That’s why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend fighting for you.
Mr. Helfend will work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This can mean challenging the evidence or working to get it excluded. It can also mean having it reinterpreted by experts. Don’t assume that a guilty plea is your best option, or that the evidence against you is strong.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura sex crimes case.
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