Man accused in rape to be tried next week
April 16, 2002
The trial of a man accused of raping a woman in an Aspen alley last summer will begin a week from today.
Aspen resident Marcos Garcia-Flores, 22, is charged with first-degree sexual assault. The trial is scheduled to begin in Pitkin County District Court next Tuesday with jury selection. The trial is expected to last five days.
During a pretrial conference on Monday, prosecutors and the defense reviewed the “jury notebook” that will be distributed to jurors next week. The notebook contains a statement of the case, a listing of charges and the names of witnesses expected to testify.
Public defender Jim Conway stated during the hearing that he might add to the witness list as he continues to question those closest to the case.
“My investigation is ongoing,” he said.
When Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills protested the addition of last-minute witnesses, Conway assured the court that he would name potential additions to the list well before Tuesday’s trial date.
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Garcia-Flores was arrested at the Tyrol Apartments on July 19, the day after a 21-year-old Aspen woman reported being raped and beaten in an alley behind Little Annie’s Eating House. Witnesses allegedly told police that they saw Garcia-Flores follow the woman from bar to bar a few hours prior to the attack.
According to police reports, Garcia-Flores told arresting officers that blood found on the bicycle he rode on the night of the assault was his own, the result of an accident that scratched his nose and arm. He also allegedly told police that he had sex with a woman he met on the Hyman Avenue mall that night, but he did so at the woman’s request.