Hearing halted in Aspen sexual assault case after defense protests report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – A preliminary hearing Tuesday for a Carbondale man accused of sexual assault ground to a halt after the defense complained that it was not informed of an Aspen police interview made earlier in the case.
Public defender Stephen McCrohan made a request to continue the afternoon hearing for Emanuel Gonzalez-Loujun shortly after it started in Pitkin County District Court. McCrohan said a report of the police interview was given to the defense right before the hearing started and there was no time to review the material.
The report was from Aspen police detective Chris Womack and apparently stemmed from several interviews made in the case, including one with the suspect.
“None of this was provided to me,” McCrohan said.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin said he received the report about one or two hours before the hearing. Mordkin also said that he gave a copy of the documents to McCrohan before the hearing.
“We are not trying to hide the report,” Mordkin said.
Judge James Boyd granted the defense request. He reset the hearing to July 22 in Pitkin County District Court.
Gonzalez-Loujun was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Centennial Apartments in Aspen after police received a 911 call from a witness about an alleged sexual assault.
Gonzalez-Loujun, 21, is accused of five felonies in connection with the alleged assault and kidnapping of a woman. He faces life in prison if convicted of all counts.
The most egregious offense is the sexual assault count, which carries a sentence of 16 years to life in prison. The kidnapping allegation carries a sentence of 16 to 48 years in prison.
Gonzalez-Loujun also is accused of cocaine distribution and possession of more than 1 gram, second-degree assault of a police officer and resisting arrest. The resisting arrest count is a misdemeanor.
He was being held on $250,000 bond at the Pitkin County jail.
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