Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo's trial, where the woman whose apartment Carrillo allegedly peeked into took the witness stand.Testimony began this morning at
Carrillo, 33, the county's 5th District supervisor, is charged in
Sonoma County Superior Court with peeking into the window of the woman's west
Santa Rosa apartment around 3:30 a.m. on July 13, 2013.
The woman, who is being identified as Jane Doe, testified that two
female visitors were staying in her apartment on the night in question.
[Previous story: 10 Women, 2 Men on Supervisor Carrillo's 'Peeking' Jury; Trial Begins Today.]
In recorded interviews with Santa Rosa police, Carrillo said he
went to the woman's apartment with two beers after he saw a light on in her
apartment and knocked on the front door.
He said he left when he heard a male
inside the apartment say, "What the hell?"
Santa Rosa police had initially arrested Carrillo on suspicion of
burglary and prowling.
Prosecutors did not file those charges against him,
but allege that Carrillo bent the screen on the woman's bedroom window and
In opening statements in Judge Gary Medvigy's packed courtroom,
defense attorney Chris Andrian said there is no evidence Carrillo peeked
inside the window.
Andrian said the only mention of peeking to support the complaint
is from Carrillo, who he said told police he peeked around the corner of a
patio at the rear of the apartment to see if a light was on.
"You might not like what he did, but he didn't commit a crime,"
Andrian told the jury, which consists of 11 women and three men, including
Napa County Deputy District Attorney Cody Hunt told the panel Jane
Doe was frightened by a man dressed only in boxer briefs and socks and she
armed herself with a butcher knife when he knocked on the front door and
identified himself as her neighbor.
"That man is the defendant Efren Carrillo," Hunt said.
Hunt said Carrillo and Jane Doe, a secretary at Kaiser Permanente
Medical Center, had three previous "interactions," once at the Space XXV
nightclub in Santa Rosa and two uninvited times at Jane Doe's apartment.
Hunt also told the jury Carrillo admitted to police that the
incident was "not my smartest time, I'll tell you that," and that Carrillo
said in retrospect that he should have had a shirt and pants on.
Jane Doe's testimony continues this afternoon.
--Bay City News