Jury finds rape suspect guilty 12 years later | AspenTimes.com

Jury finds rape suspect guilty 12 years later

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Jurors in 9th Judicial District Court convicted Javier Rojas Delgadillo of rape and providing alcohol to minors 12 years after he was charged with the crimes and fled to Mexico.After deliberating Friday night and most of Monday, the jury returned, finding him guilty of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was found not guilty of second-degree burglary of a building.”We’re obviously quite disappointed,” defense attorney Ted Hess said via telephone. “He was the last male known to have seen [the victim] that night, and he put himself two steps into the house. That was difficult for him to overcome.”Delgadillo and four family members or friends listened to the verdict electronically translated into Spanish. Two interpreters took turns translating throughout the trial.Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch said Delgadillo raped a 15-year-old Glenwood Springs High School student at her house in 1995 after a night of drinking with another male friend and two girls at the male friend’s house. The testimony of the victim, the victim’s friend and testimony about the chronology of the night – including Delgadillo’s – turned out to be main components of the case against Delgadillo.”This case was about someone who couldn’t stand being rejected,” Fitch said in her closing argument Friday.Hess maintained that Delgadillo was innocent because of the lack of any physical evidence. He said during trial that the only thing connecting Delgadillo to the crime was the testimony of a frightened, blindfolded, “somewhat drunk” 15-year-old girl saying she recognized Delgadillo’s voice, which Hess argued was not a credible source of information.Delgadillo was said to have been 21 at the time and had just graduated from Glenwood Springs High School. He fled to Mexico, and at one point used a fake Social Security number to work in the U.S. Detectives discovered his identity and arrested him after matching his fingerprints to outstanding warrants when he wound up at the hospital after a bad reaction or overdose from cocaine on April 7 last year. Delgadillo is set for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. April 19.

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