Efren Carrillo expected to testify Thursday

  • Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, right, watches the jury enter the courtroom during the second day of his criminal peeking trial at the Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

But prosecutor Cody Hunt said the circumstantial evidence was adequate, including a torn window screen and the woman's testimony that she was awakened by the sound of rustling blinds. He asked Judge Gary Medvigy to let the jury decide.

Medvigy agreed, saying it was clear from the evidence that Carrillo was trespassing and could have moved the blinds aside. The woman's bedroom window was open at the time, according to testimony.

"He certainly had ample opportunity to peek inside," Medvigy said.

Efren Carrillo Trial


However, Medvigy said jury instructions would include the optional charge of attempted peeking, which carries a lesser three-month maximum jail sentence. As charged, Carrillo faces up to six months in jail.

Carrillo, who maintains his innocence, is expected to take the witness stand after the trial resumes at 10:30 a.m.

He listened to testimony Wednesday from the defense table as supporters, critics and other curious people looked on from the gallery.

The criminal case stems from his July 13 arrest outside a west Santa Rosa apartment complex on Brockhurst Drive.

His across-the-alley neighbor called 911 twice, starting at about 3:40 a.m., to report a bare-chested man outside her bedroom window and front door. The woman, identified in court only as Jane Doe, testified she heard a tearing sound at her open window before hearing a knock at the front door from someone identifying himself as her neighbor.

At one point, she said she looked out her living room window blinds to see a "muscular" man with his hands on his hips. She testified she and two female houseguests armed themselves with kitchen knives while waiting for officers.

Police found Carrillo, the 5th District supervisor, nearly naked outside. He was arrested when he couldn't explain what he was doing there.

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